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Texting Champion Stresses Dangers of Texting and DrivingSubmitted: 03/08/2013
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
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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