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Seminar Tonight To Help Stop Teens From Texting And Driving

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We all know texting and driving can lead to accidents, yet people continue to do it.  Tonight (Wednesday) some local attorneys are trying to help change that through their "Send Could Be The End" campaign.

This campaign was started by Vic Hawk and his law firm.  It started because they've each had several personal experiences of people they know being killed, or close to being killed, because of someone texting and driving.  Starting tonight, they'll be going around to different schools, educating teens on the importance of putting down the phone when you're behind the wheel.

"When you're focused on texting, your brain actually blocks out the traffic around you.  Your brain actually makes it disappear.  So you don't realize that there's a danger," said Vic Hawk, Vic Hawk Law Firm, started the campaign.  "You don't see the center line, you don't see the oncoming traffic, you don't see the curve, and as a result you can die.  And there are 13 kids, every day, every day, in the United States that dies texting and driving."

"We're going to do an interactive," said Hawk.  "If they have their phones, we're going to show them how long, or what distances they can drive just to send a simple text.  You know, how far will you go in 4 seconds, how far will you go in 15 seconds without ever looking up.  If kids really understand that this is something they can't accommodate for, they're more likely to avoid doing it."

The "Send Could Be The End" seminar will be held at 6pm at Butler High School.  Parents are encouraged to attend with their student.  Information will be given out about apps you can download, where your cell phone will actually shut off, once you hit a certain speed limit.

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