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Texting Champion Stresses Dangers of Texting and DrivingSubmitted: 03/08/2013
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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bmeyer@wjfw.com

Texting Champion Stresses Dangers of Texting and Driving
THREE LAKES - Every year, more than 100,000 car crashes could be prevented if people weren't texting while driving.

Teen drivers are especially at risk.

But in Three Lakes today, a group worked to get high schoolers to never text and drive.

Three Lakes senior Austin Wierschke has won national speed texting championships in New York two years in a row.

But he knows one place not to text.

"I text in all of these ridiculous scenarios, but I wouldn't be ridiculous enough to text and drive. It poses such a devastating threat to you and others on the road," he says.

Car crashes are the largest killer of teens.

Adding text messaging to their distractions only makes the road more dangerous.

"They don't have the experience developed like you or I would have, but they're also engaging in so many distracted activities, and all of that doesn't mix for a good combination," says Major Sandy Huxtable of the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Students got to try a texting and driving simulator to see how dangerous it can be.

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"If you can just creep up behind them, you can just grab it pretty easy, but I've seen Tyler trying to grab it with the two hands but that isn't really working out for you is it Tyler?" said Brandon Alsteen.

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Police believe a missing woman who wandered off from her Minocqua resort walked nearly 20 miles before search crews found her.

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Meseberg, 68, walked away from her family at Beacons of Minocqua around 3:30 p.m.  Meseberg suffers from Alzheimer's.  A statewide Silver Alert notification went out several hours later.  Crews from 12 agencies helped with the search.

A press release from Minocqua Police Chief Dave Jaeger notes Meseberg was found at 9:47 p.m. at the campground, which is approximately 17 miles from her resort in Minocqua.  The release says Meseberg was reunited with her family after her discovery.


Jaeger thanked the Minocqua Fire Department, Newbold Search and Rescue, Arbor Vitae Rescue, Hazelhurst fire, the Oneida County Dive Team, Oneida County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin DNR, Little Rice Canteen Unit, Oneida County Emergency Management, Vilas County Sheriff's Office, and Woodruff police for helping in the search.




Update Friday 9:55 p.m.:

Minocqua Police Chief Dave Jaeger reports the woman missing from her Lakeland area resort has been found safe.  

Susanne Meseberg, 68, walked off from her room at Beacons of Minoqua resort around 3:30 p.m. Friday.  Jaeger informed Newswatch 12 of finding Meseberg safe around 9:45 p.m.

The police department plans to release more details late Friday.




Police in the Lakeland area are searching for a woman with Alzheimer's Friday night.

The Minocqua Police Department reports Susanne Meseberg, 68, walked away from her room at The Beacons of Mincoqua around 3:30 Friday afternoon.  Meseberg is from Wausau.

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