Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Student athletes at the University of Minnesota Duluth are stepping up to prevent distracted driving in the Northland.
UMD athletes have joined forces with members of the Minnesota state patrol and Duluth Police to emphasize to dangerous of texting and driving.
Police say that with the rise of technology, distracted driving deaths have rose exponentially...mainly among young drivers.
UMD athletes want the youth of the nation to know that one text is not worth one life.
"Your not the only person on the road. Your not the only person in this world. You really need to make a conscious effort to focus on those around you and try to help them as much as possible"
Police advise drivers to turn OFF their phones while on the road to prevent distracted driving.
Authorities have the power to pull you over and give you a 130 dollar ticket if your caught texting and driving.