FINDLAY, OH (TOLEDO NEWS NOW) - Students in Hancock County are learning a lesson that just might save their life: to put down the phone every time they get behind the wheel. This week, students are participating in a series of don't text and drive events and hearing from one family who turned their own tragedy into a lifesaving message.
Family members of the Alex Brown Foundation spoke at the University of Findlay Monday. The focus of their talk was the dangers of texting and driving.
That message is especially important to the family of Brown. She was a senior in high school back in 2009 when she flipped her truck because she was texting. She died from her injuries.
Her family is taking their message across the nation.
On Monday, her little sister and mother wanted to make sure no other family has to experience what they did.
Members of the foundation say that sometimes it is easier to hear the message when it is personal.
The Browns say distracted driving is a factor in 25 to 50 percent of all car accidents.
Browns' sister says she used to hear all kinds of excuses for the behavior and has to remind people that it is never an acceptable thing to do.
"They try to make excuses and they're like, 'But it's just down a dirt road. It's just going 10 miles an hour.' And I'm like, 'I don't care. It's still dangerous,'" said Katrina Brown.
Brown says the most important message they can pass along is for students to value their own lives enough to start making better decisions behind the wheel.
On Tuesday, the Browns will be back at the Koehler Center on the University of Findlay's campus to speak at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The event is open to the public, along with students.
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