The Associated Press / 2009

A texting and driving simulator will be at today’s 2nd Saturdays event downtown.

AT&T is bringing a virtual reality simulator to the event to “let residents experience the dangers of texting and driving firsthand,” said Scott Huscher,  a spokesman for AT&T.

The simulator will be at the AT&T booth at East Congress Street and South Scott Avenue from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Drivers will get a chance to take part in the “It Can Wait” campaign, organizers said.

The 100 deadliest days on the roads for teen drivers are from Memorial Day to Labor Day, says the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

More than 100,000 times each year, a car crashes and people are injured or die because a driver was texting and driving, says the National Safety Council.

In addition, a recent AT&T survey found that 75 percent of teens say that texting while driving is “common” among their friends.