Lubbock area family tells Oklahoma that texting & driving not OK - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/22/10

Lubbock area family tells Oklahoma that texting & driving not OK

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Jeanne Brown -- photo from KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City Jeanne Brown -- photo from KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City

By James Clark | email

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KCBD) – The parents of Alex Brown, who died after a texting & driving accident, traveled to Oklahoma Thursday to promote responsible texting.  Alex was 17 at the time of her death, November of 2009.  Alex is the inspiration for a program called B.U.S.T. -Buckle Up & Stop Texting. 

Johnny Mac and Jeanne Brown of Wellman traveled to the Oklahoma capital, where legislation is proposed to crack down on the practice of texting while driving.  Proposals range from banning all mobile phone use by young people while driving to citing drivers who text while committing some other traffic violation simultaneously. 

Jeanne Brown seemed on the edge of tears as she said, "The trauma of what happened that day, changed our lives.  It's a feeling you can't describe.  I don't want another family to ever have to go through that." 

The Browns also spoke in favor of a device called Key 2 Safe Driving, which stops the texting function of cell phones while the vehicle is running.

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