Lubbock, TX (KCBD) – Days after their daughter died, Jeanne and Johnny Mac Brown told the South Plains that their daughter Alex was texting and driving. Now, they are in Chicago to share their story and spread the B.U.S.T. message with the entire country. After such a tragic accident, it would be easy not to want to talk about it, but the Browns say Alex would be proud to know they were helping other people on such a large scale.
The Browns sit back and are in awe of the doors opening in their lives. "I'll go as far and as long as I have to go get that message out," says Alex's father Johnny Mac Brown.
Oprah Winfrey's national No Phone Zone Day show urges drivers to focus on the road and not their phones, a message the Browns tell everyone who will listen. "It's not about us, it's about the dangers of texting and driving," adds her Dad.
"I think she'd be surprised that this has happened, but at the same time she'd be going ‘go Mom and Dad go Katrina!' She'd be proud that we stepped out of our comfort zone and tried to help other people," says her mother Jeanne Brown who found her daughter lying next to her truck minutes after her accident back in November.
Through Oprah, the Browns have met other families with similar stories across the country who will all travel to Chicago for the show.
"I thought it would go on for a few months and then die," says Katrina Brown about the effort to keep her sister's memory alive and prevent other tragic deaths. When she can, Katrina speaks to other kids about what it is like to lose a sister and a role model. Buckle up and stop texting is a message this family has had to learn the hard way. "If we could just get them to slow down and think before they take that text message we could prevent tragedies," says Brown.
For months, the Browns have hauled Alex's wrecked truck around to schools talking to students about the dangers of texting and driving and encouraging everyone to sign the B.U.S.T. Pledge KCBD NewsChannel 11 Sports Director Pete Christy came up with days after Alex died.
The show airs Friday at 3 p.m. on KCBD NewsChannel 11.
So far, almost 7500 people have signed the B.U.S.T. pledge, to Buckle Up and Stop Texting.
If you would like to sign the pledge, forms are available at the KCBD NewsChannel 11 front desk along with the bumper sticker. The address is 5600 Avenue A.
If you would like to print out the pledge form and mail it in, just click the link below. Send a self addressed with a stamp if you would like a B.U.S.T. sticker for your car.
B.U.S.T. Pledge Form - Buckle Up & Stop Texting
If you want to pledge to wear your seatbelt and not text while you drive, print out the B.U.S.T. Pledge form here.
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