Text while driving? East Texas students explain

By Holley Nees - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Text messaging ended the life of a 17-year-old West Texas girl. The tough part is she's not the only victim of a text message.

"A lot of wrecks that we've worked now we're seeing that is one of the major distractions in the vehicles because people begin to text or talk and they become distracted," Trooper Greg Sanches said.

Some East Texas students know Sanches is right, but do it anyway.

"I feel at the time that it's probably more important than watching the road, but it's really not," 12th grader Byron Davis said.

The students even admit it's distracting and Sanches says a distracted driver could be just as bad as a drunk driver.

"My phone it's like an iPhone -- it's touch-screen," 11th grader Jenna Windham said. "It's definitely hard to text. So, I've gotten really close to a couple wrecks."

"Just not paying attention while I'm driving and when I'm texting and stuff, so it's kind of like swerving a little bit," 12th grader Nikki Thomas said.

And after the death of their daughter, Alex Brown's parents say no message is worth your life.

"Is that message that important? I'd urge them to not make parents hold their hand while they die," said Alex' dad, Johnny Mac Brown. "That's the hardest thing I've ever done."

"Not only can you be killed or hurt, but the fact that you could kill or hurt others is a major responsibility," Sanches said.

Not to mention it's illegal if you're under 18.

"I think it's a good thing, but I wish I was informed because I've been doing something illegal," Windham said.

"The younger the age, the more inexperienced driver they are and also the fact that, add to that they're trying to talk or text on the phone causes a major problem," Sanches said.

"If that text message is that important, pull over so your parents don't have to find you and they don't have to bury you," said Alex's mother, Jeanne Brown.

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