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Augusta students see the impact of texting and driving firsthand

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We've either done it or we've seen it on the roads: texting and driving. In fact, according to officials there is a distracted driving crashing happening somewhere in Wisconsin every 22 minutes. 

Because of the shocking texting while driving statistics in the Dairy State, and across the entire nation, schools are making an effort to teach young drivers to put down their phones, from day one of driving.

Augusta high school students watched a documentary during a school-wide assembly Friday called "The Last Text" and tried AAA's distracted driving simulator to see how dangerous it is to engage in cell phone distractions behind the wheel. 

Sophomore, Kyra Schroeder, said after seeing the video and trying the simulator, she is going to make a conscious effort to stop distracted driving and remind she plans on reminding others to do the same. 

"In my grade a lot of kids are just getting their license because we're all just turning 16, Schroeder said. "People think it's okay to just pull out their phones and check Snapchat or Facebook. It's not the right thing to do, because most accidents are caused from distracted driving. If you're in the car with other people, you're endangering your own life but also the people around you.

AT&T, AAA and Wisconsin State Patrol travel to high schools around the state to show students the dangers of distracted driving.

Friday marks seven years since Wisconsin banned texting while driving. 

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