Texting dangers on display at Capitol

Sen. Joseph Keaveny tries out the simulator at the State Capitol Tuesday.

Some Missouri lawmakers took a seat behind the wheel of an AT&T texting-while-driving simulator Tuesday at the Capitol.

"People will be surprised when they see themselves crossing over the median, or stopping about 50 feet before the red light or actually driving through the red light," AT&T Missouri President John Sondag said.

"So I think it's a fun way to drive the point home that no text is that important that you should be distracted while driving."

State Senator Mike Kehoe, of Jefferson City, was among the lawmakers to take a spin on the simulator.

"You find yourself in those situations where you think you can send just a quick 'OK' and literally that's what I was doing when I had my accident on the simulator, I was trying to type 'OK'," Kehoe said.

"I'm glad it was on the simulator, not on the street."

State Senator Joseph Keaveny, of St. Louis, also tried out the simulator.

"I can't say that I'm without sin, there have been times that I've tried to text and drive. And that simulation was pretty accurate," Keaveny said.

Currently, Missouri law only prohibits drivers under 21 from texting while driving. Keaveny said he would like to see that law expanded to encompass all Missourians.

Kehoe said right now, he would lean more toward expanding the law as well. However, he sees both sides of the issue.

"Most people who drive a vehicle want their personal freedoms, they enjoy their personal freedoms, that's why they like to be able to drive," Kehoe said.

"And so it's one of those debates that brings people in between 'should government be telling you what to do?' and should we also just try to make sure we encourage personal responsiblity from our citizens."

For more information on AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign, you can click here.