Madison County, IL (KSDK) - Nearly 70 percent of young people text and drive, according to a recent survey by State Farm.
On Tuesday, Madison County Assistant State's Attorney Ellen Burford visited a driver's education class at Triad High School to remind students about the dangers of texting behind the wheel. It's part of the Drive Now, Text Later campaign.
Burford says texting and driving is just as dangerous as drinking and driving, and many teens are getting the message.
"I used to be in the car with my sister when she was texting and driving and it scared me because she would be going down winding roads at like 80 miles per hour and because she didn't pay attention to what she as doing and at one point I smacked it out of her hands it's like no, pay attention, After that I don't think I can text and especially with someone in the car because they are depending on me," said sophomore Stephen Simek.
Texting and driving is illegal in Illinois.
Teen drivers are also not allowed to talk on a cell phone without a hands-free device.