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Local Attorney Starts Campaign Against Texting While Driving

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Augusta Attorney Vic Hawk is trying to send a message to teens... that sending a text message while driving could end your life. It's all apart of his law group's "Send Could Be The End" campaign.

"They all think that they can see the road while they are texting, but in reality, their brain cuts off views or items or trucks or lines, while they are texting. Because you are focusing on one thing, but their actually seeing something else," Hawk says.

It's something that he experienced himself while he was driving in Edgefield County.

"Where a young girl, 11 o'clock in the morning, comes over into my lane, I have to go into a ditch to avoid a head on collision. And she looks up, it scares her to death, but she didn't stop," he says.

To prevent something like that from happening again, Hawk asked students to pledge that they won't text and drive. Dominique Manor and her son made the pledge, in fact, it's something that has always been on her mind.

"I think about it, that's why I don't text him if he is running behind on schedule. I don't text him to ask him where he is at. I just let him get there on his own time and pace now," she say.s

The National Security Council estimates that 28% of crashes can be attributed to cell phone talking and texting while driving. That's 1.6 million crashes a year.

Hawk gave students the statistics, as well as a demonstration that shows how a person's awareness decreases when they aren't focusing on the road. He also gave students some tips on how to break the habit.

"There are some apps that they can put on their phone that will cut off their texting once they reach a certain speed, like 5 miles an hour. They can bring a designated texter, which is another alternative to doing it," Hawk says.

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