By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Montgomery County officials and workers took turns in the hot seat this past week, behind the wheel of a driving simulator, to demonstrate the dangers of texting while driving.READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: Suspect Behind Bars In Connection To 2021 Camden Murder Of Darnell Farrish
Josh Shapiro, Chairman of the Montgomery County Commission, worked the driving simulator like a pro with both hands on the wheel, until he fiddled with a text message. Everyone saw it coming on the screen but him, as he was distracted when he checked an incoming text.
“I lost focus on where I was driving, and ultimately crashed into a parked car.”
When he was a state representative, Shapiro helped author the Pennsylvania law that bans texting while driving.
Next in the chair simulator, Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards, who barely drove a block before getting into trouble.READ MORE: 4 People Killed, 2 Possibly Unaccounted For In Pottstown House Explosion, Officials Say
In real life, she recalls sneaking a look at a message while stopped at a light with her daughter.
“My 12-year old scolded me, took the phone and said while you’re in the car you are not to look at your phone and she was right.”
She says there are consequences.
“Sending a text is like driving blindfolded the length of a football field at 55-miles per hour.”
AT&T has taken the chair simulator on the road in a campaign to collect millions of pledges not to text and drive.MORE NEWS: Aaron Nola Pitches Shutout Ball Into 9th, Phillies Beat Braves 4-1