Texting simulating to be presented at PBHS


Pine Bluff High School will host a presentation on the Texting While Driving Chair Simulator at the school gym Friday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Through a partnership between the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and AT&T, the program aims to bring awareness the “Don’t Text While Driving” Campaign and AT&T’s “It Can Wait” texting and driving campaign.

The purpose is to focus on educating the public, especially teens on the dangers of texting and driving.

Friday, the sheriff’s office along with representatives of AT&T will visit with PBHS where students will be able to pledge their support for the campaign and experience the dangerous effects of texting while driving by using the AT&T chair simulator.

Students will experience a 3-D driving simulation involving a “city” of approximately 8 blocks and realistic texts that appear on the Smartphone accompanying the chair. This re-creates the eyes-off-the-road and hand-off-the-wheel experience of texting while driving. The simulator comes staffed and events can from 3 to 6 hours, with each student taking approximately 1-3 minutes behind the wheel.

The documentary “From One Second to the Next” will also be shown to students as a reminder of the consequences of texting while driving.