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Dangers of distracted driving demo'd at West

4:53 PM, May 14, 2013  |  Comments
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Students at Wausau West High School will get a chance on Thursday to simulate the task of texting while driving using a real car and computer technology. Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of teen deaths and injuries, and research shows that many crashes start with a distraction.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Health, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and State Farm have teamed up to offer teen safety programs throughout the state. Students will be able to participate in the simulation and learn more about the dangers of distracted driving throughout the school day.

A press conference will be held at 10 a.m. at the school, 1200 W. Wausau Ave., to announce coordinated teen traffic safety initiatives at a state level. Among those scheduled to speak: Sgt. Carrie Johnson of the Wisconsin State Patrol, Safety Officer Maureen Pilsner of the Wausau Police Department and a Wausau West student.

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