EVANSTON, Ill. (WBBM) — Teens in Evanston on Wednesday will be learning firsthand about the dangers of texting and driving.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports, if you use a cell phone while driving – whether it’s hand-held or hands-free – experts say your reactions can be as slow as someone who has been drinking.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports

“When you pick up a phone to have a conversation, you are cognitively impaired to the same level as if you were driving at the level of legal intoxication,” said Evanston Ald. Jane Grover (7th).

Grover says she wants teens and others in high school to know the risks.

“I hope that anyone who comes and listens to this story, and understands the science behind cognitive impairment while driving, will not pick up their phone; will not answer that text message,” she said.

The Evanston Distracted Driving Summit will feature speakers, driving simulators, and information on how to minimize risks, distractions and liability. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will be among the speakers.

The summit will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave. It is free and open to the public.

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