La Crosse students told 'It Can Wait'

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Friday at Logan High School, a nationwide campaign made a stop in La Crosse.

The 'It Can Wait' campaign teaches teenagers the dangers of distracted driving.

"There's still instances when I'm driving in a marked squad car and I'm coming up on people who don't even know I'm there, texting with their phone up in their face," said Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Matt Chambers.

According to AT&T, 81 percent of people admit to texting behind the wheel.

Around 200 sophomore students at Logan spent an hour watching short testimonials, listening to speakers and getting a first-hand look at distracted driving through virtual reality.

"After hearing the stories, being on the VR headset you were in the situation and it kind of scared you a bit. But then you were able to hear the stories of other people and you're like I don't want that to be me," said Sophomore Chariell Butler.

Wisconsin banned texting and driving back in Dec. 2010.

"You don't get better at distracted driving. All the way up from the first minute you drive to 20 years down the road, we're seeing people who drive for a living make that one mistake. Distraction, maybe the first time ever, and they end up hurting someone else or themselves," said Chambers.

As a part of the campaign, students were encouraged to sign a pledge to put their phones down while driving.

"I just want to make sure people are safe, but anybody that I'm in a car with I'll make sure that the passenger is the one texting for them if they need that or the phone isn't being used while they're driving," said Butler.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving killed over 3,400 people in the U.S. in 2016.