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People Against Distracted Driving visit Bedford High School

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BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Bedford High School promoted a simple and important message Thursday: put down the phone and keep your eyes on the road.

That message could have possibly saved the life of Mike Kellenyi's daughter Nikki.  Nikki was killed in 2012 at just 18-years-old when she was riding in a car that was involved in a distracted driving crash.

"What we want to do is try and spread this message so no other family goes through what my family is going through," said Kellenyi.  "No parent should lose a child.  It's the worst thing you can imagine, so we are hoping that our message stops that from happening."

People Against Distracted Driving (PADD) was created following Nikki's death.  The organization visits schools like Bedford, passing along the ‘Stay alive, don't text and drive' message.

"Distracted driving has become such an epidemic," said PADD co-founder Lindsey Giannini.  "We want to make sure there are no more deaths on the roadways of America because of something that can be prevented."

Race car driver Justin Boston and many others are now in the driver's seat of this push to keep people alive.

"Now that texting is the first form of communication, you have a lot of people looking at their phone while they're driving because it's instant gratification," said Boston.  "It shouldn't happen and it really needs to be addressed."

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