Sheriff's office hosts virtual reality distracted driving simulator

The Daily Times staff
San Juan County


FARMINGTON — The San Juan County Sheriff's Office and AT&T are presenting a back-to-school event Monday during which drivers can try a virtual reality simulator to show the dangers of distracted driving.

The Back to School Safe Driving Event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Monday at the AT&T store at 3554 E. Main St., according to a press release.

The event will feature the IT Can Wait VR Simulator where participants can try on a VR headset and attempt to drive a virtual vehicle while being challenged with distractions on the road, according to AT&T New Mexico spokeswoman Alarie Ray-Garcia.

It will be the third stop in New Mexico for the simulator after visitors to Albuquerque and Clovis last week.

The press release cites an AT&T survey in which 49 percent of commuters admitted to texting and driving.

AT&T will have some prizes to give away during the event. The sheriff's office will have deputies at the event, and a mobile command post will be set up for the public to tour.