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          Killer Texting

          June 01, 2009

          Do you text message while driving? It may seem harmless, but distracted drivers account for nearly four out of five crashes in the United States, and looking away for just two seconds doubles that danger. Still, nearly 50 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 continue to text behind the wheel.

           


          Dr. Phil makes a plea to his audience to stop texting while driving. And, 21-one-year-old Heather says she’s good at texting without taking her eyes off the road, so nothing is going to convince her to stop.

           


          “It just takes a certain type of person to be able to multitask.”



          Hang Up – Save a Life

          Linda discovered the pain that texting while driving can cause when her daughter, Lauren, was killed by a driver distracted by his cell phone. She created the Web site HangUpSaveALife.com in her daughter’s memory.

           

          “She had more friends than any human being that I’ve ever known.”

           


           

          The Wreckage

          Texting may have caused the collision of a commuter passenger train and a freight train in LA that killed 25 people. Francisco was on that passenger train, and Roland pulled him from the wreckage. And, The Doctors host, Dr. Travis Stork, shares stories from the E.R.

           

          Francisco and Roland recall the tragic incident.

           


           

          Letter of the Law
          State Senator, Joe Simitian, who wrote the bill recently signed into law preventing texting while driving in the state of California, and Assemblyman, Chuck Devore, who believes the law is unnecessary government overkill, debate. Cast your vote!

           

          Should texting while driving be outlawed?

           

           
           

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          SPECIAL THANKS

          • Driving instructor Jeff Bodnar appears on behalf of Danny McKeever’s FAST LANE Racing School & Defensive Driving Academy. Call 888-948-4888888-948-4888 or visit www.raceschool.com.

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