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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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Michael Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. His coverage includes local crime, legislative activity and prep sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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