Students React To Texting And Driving Video


By Lisa Blackwell

A video called "The Last Text" is less than 15 minutes but it's powerful enough to give kids a lifelong impression.

A sister loses her sister after texting her while she was driving.

It's just one of many accounts by families, friends, victims and a driver who lost loved ones or were texting or driving when someone was killed.

Drivers Ed students at Lee High School in Montgomery got a first look at the video. Jerry Johnson was touched.

"I think the video is very, very sad I don't think nobody should text and drive," said Johnson.

His instructor, Anthony Alexander, says he teaches students not to text and drive, but the video sends an even stronger message.

"Because it actually has people in there that got killed so to me, it brings closer to home, shows the teenager this is the finality of the situation, which you're talking about, death.

State officials are hoping the video will re-inforce Alabama's texting ban that took effect in August and remind people that distracted driving is like driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Hailey Avery says after seeing the video, she won't be texting and driving.

"Cause of the causes and the effects when the police officer was talking about the girl and having her shoes in the blood I don't want that to be me," said Avery.

Statistics show a person is killed or injured every 5 minutes in the U.S. as a result of texting behind the wheel.

It's one more reason to put down the phone while driving.

Distracted driving causes 12 thousand crashes and 50 deaths a year in Alabama.



A new video drives home the dangers of texting behind the wheel.

The state is distributing a candid video to high school drivers ed programs across Alabama.

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