DALLAS – Don’t text and drive. This was the powerful message that a North Texas woman who almost died in a fiery car accident gave to young people across the state.
Jamie Nash knows the worst that can happen when the two activities are done simultaneously.
Nash life changed forever on the night of June 27, 2010 as she was driving on a dark, rural road in Ellis County. As she was sending a text message, she lost control of the vehicle, flipped and hit a tree.
Her PT Cruiser crashed into a tree and burst into flames. Her body sustained a 70 percent degree burn. She survived the crash, but after a year-and-a-half of treatment, she is considered completely disabled.
The latest stop of her lecture was the Episcopal School of Dallas, where she gave 100 tenth graders a dose of reality.
“Nash said that most teens, especially the girls, were so moved by her talk that they approached Nash crying and telling her that they will never text while driving again.
The objective of AT&T was to make texting and driving as socially unacceptable as\like drinking and driving. The company just introduced a new app, called DriveMode, at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. The app is able to send out an automatic message while in drive mode, informing the person texting or e-mailing that he/she is driving and can’t respond.
Cathy Coughlin, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President said that they want to make it very easy for people to let their friends, their family, anyone texting or e-mailing them that they are driving but will call back when no longer at the wheels. The app will first be available to Blackberry users, and versions of it for phones on other operating systems are coming soon.
Studies proved that people who text and drive are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident.
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