On Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10:00am representatives from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, AT&T and the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation met at Benjamin Bosse High School to speak to students about the dangers of distracted driving.

AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards and Director of External Affairs Pepper Mulherin demonstrated the new “It Can Wait” virtual reality app, which uses 3-D technology to simulate the dangers of texting while driving.

Bosse High School Principle Sheila Huff stated, “We all know that the problem is bigger than just texting. Emailing, posting in social media and even video chatting behind the wheel are commonplace today.” Principal Huff added, “Let’s break this deadly habit”.

New research from AT&T indicates that nearly 4-in-10 users make use of social media while operating a vehicle and almost 3-in-10 access the internet.

Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “As our worlds become increasingly connected, so does our desire to stay as connected as possible to our friends and family… but those connections aren’t worth a life.”

After speaking to a group of students at the high school, Mr. Soards invited everyone in attendance to sign an “It Can Wait” pledge board. “Working together, we can share solutions to this problem. We can inspire others to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phone,” Soards said. 

Pictured above: Sheriff Dave Wedding addresses students at Bosse High School


Pictured above: AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards demonstrates the new It Can Wait virtual reality app.