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Associated Press, Published August 04 2012

Simulator aims to curb text-and-drive in Minnesota

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — For the sake of teaching people not to, traffic safety advocates are encouraging texting and driving in a special simulator that shows how dangerous it is.

In conjunction with "Distraction Free Driving Day" proclaimed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, phone giant AT&T is bringing a simulator to Eden Prairies that illustrates the risks of texting behind the wheel.

Participants wear specialized goggles to simulate a moving vehicle and are prompted to look down at various points to send text messages. It records slowed reaction time or traffic infractions to show how even a few seconds of looking away can cause problems.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie were among those scheduled to take part in Saturday morning's event.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.