11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 17
Stephen F. Austin University
1936 North St.
Nacogdoches, TX 75962
TxDOT’s “Heads up, Texas” campaign in partnership with AT&T It Can Wait will bring a distracted driving virtual reality experience on site to demonstrate the impact of distracted driving. TxDOT representatives will be available for interviews from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
LUFKIN — In recognition of National Distracted Driving Month, the Texas Department of Transportation is launching its “Heads up, Texas” campaign to remind drivers that their undivided attention to the road could save a life.
Partnering with AT&T It Can Wait, TxDOT aims to change distracted-driving behaviors that last year resulted in 100,687 crashes, 444 deaths and 2,889 serious injuries. With state legislation passing a texting-while-driving ban effective Sept. 1, 2017 – making it illegal to read, write or send a text while driving in Texas – TxDOT and AT&T It Can Wait will bring a virtual reality distracted driving experience to 19 cities in Texas this April to educate and connect with local communities.
The public is invited to this free event and the media is urged to attend this important event. For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.
- Rhonda Oaks is the Public Information Officer for the nine-county Lufkin District of the Texas Department of Transportation. A Lufkin native, she is a graduate of Hudson High School and Angelina College. She has a background in print journalism and worked for many years as a newspaper reporter and a freelance writer. She has received eight Associated Press awards. Her articles have been published in many publications over the past 25 years.