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.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Police Department identified the man who died after a house fire on Friday night as 35-year-old Jeffery J. Becker.
Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams told Newswatch 12 on Monday afternoon that an autopsy indicates Becker died from smoke inhalation, but the autopsy results and further investigation is now in the hands of the state Department of Criminal Investigations.
Crews responded to the house at 320 Rose Street, near Hodag Park, around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found Becker unresponsive on the floor. Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive Becker, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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