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ULSTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The dangers of drinking and driving are clear but texting and driving is a newer issue that is proving to be equally as perilous.
Students at SUNY Ulster are raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving with the “It Can Wait” pledge.
At an event Wednesday, students got to experience the dangers firsthand by trying a distracted driving simulator.
They also participated in a “Distract O Match” activity that let them try to perform driving tasks while texting.
"Texting while driving is definitely relevant to our population being in college. With the simulators and other activities here, I think students are getting a really good perspective of what it is actually like, and they realize it is something that is not ok," said President Ethan Burwell, SUNY Ulster Student Government.
Governor Cuomo introduced tough new measures in his State of the State Address earlier this month, including a one-year license suspension for anyone under 21 caught texting while driving.