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Pecatonica to learn dangers of texting and driving
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BLANCHARDVILLE - Students from Pecatonica Middle and High Schools will learn about the dangers of texting and driving and be encouraged to take the pledge to never text behind the wheel during an event at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 at the Pecatonica Middle/High School gymnasium, 704 Cross St.

Pecatonica Middle and High Schools are teaming up with AT&T, AAA, the Wisconsin State Patrol and State Rep. Howard Marklein as part of the "It Can Wait" movement to remind students that text messages can - and should - wait until after driving. Students can pledge to never text while driving at

The event will feature AAA's distracted driving simulator, where youth will have the chance to experience firsthand the dangers of texting and driving. Students will also be shown a powerful documentary produced by AT&T called "The Last Text" that shares real stories about lives altered or ended by someone's decision to text and drive.

Wisconsin marked the third anniversary of its no-texting-while-driving ban on Dec. 1, 2013. The Pecatonica assembly is part of a series of high school events that AT&T, AAA and the Wisconsin State Patrol are holding this school year to drive home the dangers of texting and driving.

For more information, contact Jessica Erickson of AT&T Wisconsin at 608-282-7870 608-692-5340 or at