TOMAH, Wisconsin (WXOW) – As the third anniversary of Wisconsin's ban on texting and driving nears, students from Tomah High School learned Wednesday about the dangers of texting while driving and were urged to take the pledge to never text behind the wheel.
Tomah High School teamed up with AT&T, AAA, the Wisconsin State Patrol and State Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink (D-Milladore) as part of the "It Can Wait" movement. The movement urges students to not text and drive.
"In today's age of instant communication, we know how tempting it is for drivers, especially our teens, to text while driving," said Tomah High School Principal David Hay. "But our students need to know that texting while driving is very dangerous and can be deadly. We're proud to help spread the message and keep our teen drivers safe."
A Wednesday's assembly, students were given the chance to experience firsthand the dangers of texting and driving in a safe setting through distracted driving simulator. They were also shown a powerful documentary produced by AT&T called "The Last Text" that shared real stories about lives altered or ended by someone's decision to text and drive.
Wisconsin will mark the third anniversary of its no-texting-while-driving ban on December 1, 2013. Wisconsin's law prohibits sending an e-mail or text message while driving and imposes a fine of up to $400. As a primary enforcement law, officers may stop and ticket drivers solely for texting and driving. Wisconsin is among 41 states that ban text messaging by all drivers.
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