The Madison County State's Attorney's office is hoping a talk from one of its Assistant State's Attorney's will leave a lasting impression on some area high school students. Ellen Burford is speaking to students in Alton's Driver's Ed classes today to warn them of the dangers and consequences of texting while driving.
It's part of the "Drive Now. Text Later" campaign. Burford says there are serious legal consequences to getting caught texting while driving.
It could also result in the suspension of driving privileges, under certain circumstances. In addition to the legal ramifications, there are the safety issues. According to a recent study, drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be in a crash. The students will receive extra credit for taking a pledge not to text and drive.