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Teach teens, yourself to drive safer at Texas Department of Transportation event

Nicole Villalpando
nvillalpando@statesman.com
Try out virtual reality distracted driving at Texas Department of Transportation and AT&T's safe driving event on Saturday at the downtown library. [Texas Department of Transportation]

Summer is a time when a lot of teens are learning to drive or getting their licenses. It's also a time when we're hitting the roads on summer vacation.

AAA actually labeled this time the 100 Deadliest Days on roads.

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The Texas Department of Transportation and AT&T is hosting a Heads Up, Texas tour stop in Austin to encourage folks to rethink texting and driving and other distractions and safety hazards. The Heads Up, Texas, program is part of #EndTheStreakTX, a grassroots initiative to end the streak that since Nov. 8, 2000, at least one person has died on Texas roads every day.

The tour also includes AT&T's "It Can Wait" program with a virtual reality experience to simulate what it's like to be distracted and try to drive.

It might be a great thing to take new drivers to, and I bet you would also learn something about your own driving.

Find it at the Austin Central Library downtown at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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