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East Ridge High School student Blair Ginnever speaks Wednesday during a news conference announcing a crackdown on distracted driving. Ginnever spoke on behalf of the school's Students Against Drunken Driving program. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker

East Ridge students deliver state's distracted driving warning

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Billy Stout said he's guilty - he used to text and drive.

The East Ridge High School senior said as recently as six months ago, he sent off messages using his cell phone, even going so far to memorize the where the buttons were on his keypad in hopes of keeping his eyes on the road.


The habit didn't go unnoticed by friends.

"I said, 'Billy, just give me your phone and tell me what to say,'" said East Ridge classmate Jessica Samii.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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