MADISON (WKOW) -- As the new school year approaches a national public awareness campaign to educate drivers on the dangers of texting and driving comes to Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin State Patrol will travel to high schools in Wisconsin to show a documentary warning teens about the dangers of texting while driving.
It's the "It Can Wait" campaign featuring a documentary called "The Last Text," which shares real-life stories of lives changed forever because of texting while driving.
One mother featured in the documentary came to Madison this week to share her story. Her daughter was killed while reading a text message and driving.
Mariah West died in 2009, one day before her high school graduation. Her cap and gown were found in the back of her car. She crashed while reading a text message about directions to a baseball game.
"She lost control of her car and went across the center median," said Merry Dye, Mariah's mother. "She clipped the bridge and her car started to roll."
The Wisconsin State Patrol explains why this campaign targets young adults in our state.
"We're starting with young adults because they're so connected to that cell phone," said Sandra Huxtable from the Wisconsin State Patrol. "While it's OK to stay connected, don't do it while you're driving."
The Wisconsin State Patrol says they hope to bring this campaign to the Madison area. A high school in La Crosse and Waukesha will feature this video in September.
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