AT&T has brought its touring 3D Virtual Reality Simulator to Utica.

It's part of Oneida County Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The public will get a chance to experience first-hand how dangerous it is to take their eyes off the road and glance at a phone, even if it's just for two seconds.

County Executive Anthony Picente says distracted driving has become a big problem.

He says distracted driving was responsible for multiple fatalities in Oneida County last year.  Picente says the County is establishing a task force to assess and combat the rising problem.

The simulator will be on display until 4:30 in front of the County Office Building.

Utica is one of only 200 stops nationwide for the "It Can Wait" simulator

AT&T research shows 7 in 10 people engage in smartphone activities behind the wheel.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX
Jim Rondenelli, WIBX

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