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Texting and driving campaign - It Can Wait - comes to Southeast Kansas

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Texting and driving can lead to dangerous and sometimes even deadly consequences.  Which is why the Cherokee County sheriff and Cherokee County EMS service director are teaming up to stop the texting.

The two are collaborating with Columbus, Kansas high school students to educate high schoolers on the dangers of texting and driving.

Students learned about the national It Can Wait campaign and were given thumb bands with the slogan encouraging them to put the phone away while they're driving.

They're hoping the message will ring loud and clear during the homecoming season.

"Homecoming and major holidays we try to do a major event right before in the announcements before the day ends to make that cross their mind while they're driving," says Rebecca Heckmaster, a senior at Columbus Unified High School.

According to Sheriff David Groves the number of distracted driving crashes in the county has risen over the years and they're hoping this campaign will make a difference now.

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