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Texting champ joins campaign against distracted driving

9:10 PM, Mar. 8, 2013  |  Comments
Austin Wierschke
Austin Wierschke
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A two-time LG U.S. National Texting champion from the Rhinelander area has asked his classmates to put their phones down, at least when they're driving.

Austin Wierschke, a senior at Three Lakes High School, challenged his fellow students to sign a pledge promising to never text behind the wheel at an event held at the school today. AT&T and the Wisconsin State Patrol held a public awareness campaign about the dangers of texting a driving at Three Lakes.

"My parents can attest to the fact that I text all the time, but I would never text and drive," Wierschke said. "I am proud to take the pledge to never text behind the wheel, and I encourage all of my peers to do the same. It's really a simple message: there is no text worth dying over."

To encourage other teens to never text while behind the wheel, Wierschke will be featured in new TV and radio messages sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation that will be broadcast statewide in April, which is national Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

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