South Plains family and Oprah share 'No Phone Zone' message - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/30/10

South Plains family and Oprah share message of 'No Phone Zone' Day

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Friday was not a national holiday, but it was the first ever National No Phone Zone Day. The purpose of the day is for people to honor those who have died in texting and driving accidents and spread the message about the deadly habit. One South Plains family shared their tragic story with the nation Friday.

Friday's Oprah Winfrey Show featured families who lost loved ones in texting and driving accidents. The Brown's shared Alex's story in hopes of spreading the message of safe driving. On Monday, they hit the road again with Alex's crushed truck to speak to students in Snyder and will visit 16 others before the end of the school year. But on Friday, they shared her story and the importance of buckling up and not texting with the entire country.

The nation heard how Alex Brown died back in November. The Browns made the trip to Chicago to be on the Oprah Winfrey Show along with other families who experienced similar tragedies. "To think about it is just an overwhelming emotion to think that many people know what happened to my daughter I hope it touches their heart and they realize it could happen to them or their child," says Jeanne Brown, Alex's mom.

"What I learned is we are not along in this. There are a lot of people missing family members or who were maimed or crippled because they have learned the hard way," said Alex's Dad, Johnny Mac Brown.

"If I sit back, there are so many people that have gone through what I have and I never really thought about it when this first happened," said Katrina Brown.  

Families shared their tragic stories, similar to the Browns, throughout the show. No Phone Zone rallies took place across the country in major cities.

Nearly 6,000 people died in distracted driving accidents, 524 died in Texas.

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