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Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske describes how law enforcement will be cracking down on distracted driving Thursday across the state. "Your focus behind the wheel is far more important than the text message you are sending or reading behind the wheel," he said. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker

Law enforcement focusing Thursday on distracted driving

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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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