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Jul 13, 2014 1:28 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Texting and driving simulator visits Tucson

TUCSON - A private campaign to curb texting and driving visited Downtown Saturday.

AT&T's "It Can Wait" tour set up a simulator where people were invited to try to text and drive.

"They train Air Force jet pilots with video games. They're simulators," spokesperson Mary Okoye said. "But they're basically video games."

Ken Baum watched his 2 teenage children try the game.

"I do get nervous," he said. "But just seeing what he did now, it was an eye-opener for him and me."

Texting and driving laws have failed to pass the Arizona legislature. Rep. Victoria Steele sponsored one of those bills last session.

"If it's against the law, then we can tell our kids, then we can tell people, ‘Don't do it. It's against the law,'" she said. "And I do think that will make a difference."

She believes some high-profile distracted driving cases are starting to change minds.

"We're going to make this happen." Steele said. "It's going to take a little bit of time. But I think that time is now."

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