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Students to learn about the dangers of texting while driving

Sept. 17, 2013

Waukesha South and Waukesha North students will learn about the dangers of texting while driving today.

South High School is teaming with AT&T, AAA, the Wisconsin State Patrol, Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) and Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima as part of the "It Can Wait" movement to urge the school's 325 sophomores that texting should wait until after driving.

The one-hour assembly begins at 9 a.m. inside the school's auditorium, 401 E. Roberta Ave.

The event features AAA's distracted driving simulator where students have the chance to experience firsthand the dangers of texting and driving.

Students will also be shown a documentary produced by AT&T called "The Last Text" that shares real stories about lives altered or ended by someone's decision to text and drive.

The assembly is part of a series of high school events AT&T, AAA and the Wisconsin State Patrol are holding this school year.

The day is being called "Drive 4 Pledges Day" as students and drivers across the country are being called to join the movement and take the pledge at www.ItCanWait.com of never texting while driving.

According to an "It Can Wait" news release, texting and driving makes an individual 23 times more likely to be in an accident. It also says that more than 100,000 texting-related accidents every year result in injuries or deaths.

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