Talk/Text Crash campaign aims to stop distracted driving

The Texas Department of Transportation says one in five traffic crashes involves drivers who are distracted. That’s why the department is kicking off a new Talk/Text Crash campaign.

The awareness campaign reminds drivers that talking, texting, eating or even changing the radio station while driving can lead to accidents. Sometimes those accidents are fatal.

A local mother joined Good Day live Thursday morning to share the story of her family’s tragedy. Kathy Bond’s 22-year-old daughter, Katrina, died in 2011 when a driver who was texting rear ended her car on I-35W.

“I think that’s the problem is people think they can do it and I’m sure the gentleman that killed my daughter thought he could just text fine. Obviously, he killed somebody and he has to live with that the rest of his life. It happens in a second, much faster than people really understand,” she said.

Bond is now on a mission to make texting and driving illegal throughout the state. She has teamed up with TxDOT and will be at an event on the SMU campus.

LINK: www.txdot.gov/driver/share-road/distracted.html

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