Sheriff's Office teams up with students to stop texting while driving

By WEEK Producer

March 14, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 11:30 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Peoria County Sheriff is getting a hand from local college students to get people to stop texting while driving.

Bradley students and the Sheriff's Office have launched their new "Hang Up and Drive" campaign.

The goal is to raise awareness of the state's ban on hand-held cell phone use behind the wheel.

The Sheriff said he and his officers are taking this new law seriously.

"We're starting to take cell phones now," said Sheriff Mike McCoy. "We're going to check the cell phone to find out if people were on them when the crash occurred. We've been doing that since January. We're going to continue to do that."

The students have also started a pledge drive to encourage drivers to use a hands-free devices. To take the pledge click on the link above.