Such a beautiful life taken before she ever really began to live and all because of great modern technology abused!!!
Nothing is so important you can’t either call, preferably not while driving as it does have its dangers as well, or you could wait till you are stopped to text or call!!!! A modern convenience that kills!!
Remember Alex Brown: Prevent Your Kids from Texting and Driving
By AAyles on January 31st, 2011
Many of you will likely remember the story of Alex Brown. She was the 17-year-old girl who died after getting into a car crash while texting and driving. Her parents were devastated but they didn’t let their grief get in the way of reaching out to others and teaching kids and parents about the dangers of texting and driving.
In addition to visiting schools and groups and speaking out about the tragic event that took their daughter from them, the parents also promote several products that help ensure your kids are safe.
One of the products is called Get Home Safe. It costs $99 and actually disables you from receiving text messages while your car is operating.
Alex’s mom, Jeanne, explains:
“You simply download the software and plug the device into your vehicle’s on board diagnostic system. The device can be programmed to recognize your child’s phone and it can disable the phone’s texting service while the car is operating. This automatically sends a bluetooth signal to that phone that disables it. It won’t turn it off, it just blocks texting.” The device also sends parents a text message if the child attempts to tamper with it.
I can’t find a place to purchase this particular product online but I did find a similar one (called KeytoSafeDriving here).
T-Mobile also offers a device for $4.99 which is an application that blocks texting and talking while driving. The service is called DriveSmart Plus and will send texts to an inbox and redirect phone calls to a voicemail or Bluetooth headset when the vehicle is going faster than 10mph.
There are several other applications to consider when preventing your children from texting and driving.
We encourage you to take the time (and money) to help ensure your child’s safety. After all, it could end up saving their lives.
Remember Alex Brown Foundation: 5 Facts About Texting While Driving
Jan 31, 2011 – 2:22 PM
Mary Phillips-Sandy Contributor
On Sunday’s "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," Justin Bieber and Emma Roberts made special appearances to support the Remember Alex Brown Foundation, which was established in honor of a 17-year-old Texas girl who died in a texting-while-driving accident.
While the show provided Alex Brown’s family with a newly remodeled home, it also raised awareness about the dangers of texting while driving. Emma Roberts explained that hearing about Alex’s death had been "a wake-up call," and Justin Bieber pledged to donate a portion of his concert ticket sales to the Remember Alex Brown Foundation.
Surge Desk looks into texting while driving to find out who’s doing it, why it’s so dangerous and how you can stay safe.
1. It caused 16,141 deaths in five years
That’s according to research from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, which examined nationwide traffic accident data from 2002 to 2007.
2. It’s not just a teenage problem
A 2010 study by the Pew Research Center showed that one in four adults admits to texting while driving. The rate for teenagers is the same. What’s more, the Pew study showed that adults are more likely than teenagers to talk on their cell phones while driving.
3. It’s against the law in a lot of places
Thirty states, the District of Columbia and Guam have made it illegal to text while driving.
4. It has a remarkably serious impact on reaction times behind the wheel
Car and Driver conducted an experiment to measure reaction delays caused by texting while driving and compared the results to reaction delays caused by having a few drinks. (Obviously, don’t try this at home.) The results were startling: In several instances, drivers’ reaction times were worse when they were sending text messages (sober) than while they were driving with elevated blood-alcohol levels.
5. You can sign a pledge, and your kids can, too
For those committed to keeping their hands on the wheel and off the phone, check out AT&T’s Texting Can Wait pledge. Oprah Winfrey has her own version called the No Phone Zone pledge.
Donate to the “Remember Alex Brown Fund”
Thank you for helping our wonderful Extreme Family! If you were able to volunteer your time, WONDERFUL! You can also donate to the “Remember Alex Brown Fund” here to help the Brown’s take the story of Alex to more people in more places more frequently to save more lives.
Donations through Pay-Pal site will go to the “Remember Alex Brown Fund,” however, these donations are not tax-deducible. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the “Remember Alex Brown Fund,” you can do so by sending a check directly to: Remember Alex Brown Fund, c/o Calvary Baptist Church, PO Box 1503, Brownfield, TX 79316.
Thank You, Gift Donors to the Brown Family!
We will continue to work to raise funds for the “Remember Alex Brown Fund” for the Brown’s to continue their important work of telling Alex’s story to save lives and raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving. Clearly, we will need every gift possible for the fund to get them off to a strong start on this important mission. Your gifts will allow the Brown family to travel more often to more locations to tell more people about the dangers that took their daughter from them and to save more lives.
We are so thankful for every donation as we see them coming in to the Remember Alex Brown fund! Over 300 people have made donations during the week the home was built in November. We have many, many gifts of $1, $5, $10 and 20, and those donations mean the world to us! We know they are coming straight from the heart! Keep them coming! Thank you to everyone who has given to support the Browns and their mission.
We offer a special thanks to our Fund Donors who donated gifts of $100 or more online during the November build. Thank you so much for your generosity and your help in saving lives!