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Vince Apruzzese
Regional Vice President — AT&T Virginia

AT&T Takes Distracted Driving Message on the Road
Company showcases virtual reality experience at Virginia’s 5th Annual Distracted Driving Summit, other events in Commonwealth

In September, AT&T’s team in Hampton Roads spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving during the DRIVE SMART Virginia 5th Annual Distracted Driving Summit at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. The Summit brought together industry leaders, scientists, educators and law enforcement to share ideas, gather information, learn about best practices and forge solutions for distracted driving. The attendees experienced firsthand how dangerous it is to take their eyes off the road and glance at a phone.

“We appreciate that AT&T has made a long-term commitment to reducing distracted driving,” said Janet Brooking, executive director of DRIVE SMART Virginia. “And we’re proud to support an initiative that can improve our communities — reduce car crashes, injuries and deaths.”

IT CAN WAIT is a national movement urging drivers to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones — distracted driving is never OK. The campaign began with a focus on not texting and driving. It has now expanded to the broader dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel.

In October, the AT&T team set up the virtual reality experience at the 2017 Virginia Women's Conference organized by United States Senator Mark Warner.
And, on Nov. 1, AT&T volunteers will set up the VR (virtual reality) experience at Langley High School for the school’s annual safety event during the lunch period.

“You’re never alone on the road, even when you’re alone in your car,” said Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T External Affairs in Virginia. “So, set your phone aside, where you can’t see it. Selfies, posts, snaps — they all can wait.”

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Vince Apruzzese is the president of AT&T Virginia. In this role, Vince helps set and implement AT&T's public policy and philanthropic initiatives in the commonwealth.

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