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Public Policy Update - AT&T West Virginia

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March 22, 2018

AT&T Sets Up Virtual Reality Experience at West Virginia Department of Agriculture HQ

Posted by AT&T Newsroom

Experience Demonstrates for Department Staff the Dangers of Smartphone Distracted Driving

On March 22, 2018, AT&T and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture teamed up to remind agency staff about the dangers of smartphone distracted driving as part of AT&T’s  IT CAN WAIT campaign.

Research shows that 7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving.** People are doing much more than texting from behind the wheel. 

To drive home the message, AT&T set up a virtual reality simulator in the Atrium of the agency’s headquarters, allowing staff to experience firsthand how dangerous it is to take their eyes off the road and glance at a phone. The virtual reality experience was available employees from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. as part of a training event.

IT CAN WAIT is a national movement urging drivers to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones—distracted driving is never OK. The campaign began with a focus on not texting and driving. It has now expanded to the broader dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel. 

Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has:

  • Helped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving to nearly 90% of audiences surveyed.
  • Inspired more than 23 million pledges to not drive distracted.
  • Worked with departments of transportation in Texas, Kentucky and other states on research that suggests a correlation between It Can Wait campaign activities and a reduction in crashes.
  • Collaborated with AT&T data scientists on research that shows how statewide anti-texting laws impact the rate of texting while driving. 

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* AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**Research commissioned by AT&T and conducted by Braun Research. Polled 2,067 people in the U.S. aged 16-65 who use their smartphone and drive at least once a day. Additional information available here

January 09, 2018

AT&T helps celebrate Reconnecting McDowell Partnership’s Sixth Anniversary, announces $200,000 contribution

Posted by AT&T West Virginia Team
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December 11, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Posted by J. Michael Schweder
We are closing out the year just the way we started it: connecting people to opportunity. From connecting the U.S. Army and all our customers to their world, to connecting West Virginians to new jobs...
December 10, 2017

Don't Be One of the 5%

Posted by AT&T West Virginia Team
Five percent of consumers in the U.S. text their passwords to their accounts (not a good idea) … 5% of consumers use consecutive letters or numbers for their passwords (you might as well text...
December 09, 2017

Small Cells: preparing the future for wireless

Posted by AT&T West Virginia Team
From January 2007 through December 2016, AT&T experienced a 250,000% increase in data usage on our network. And, as streaming video continues to become more prominent and new apps and services...