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‘You Can Kill People’: Texting & Driving Crash Victim’s Mom Speaks Out

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FORT WORTH -- How boring is driving, y'all?  It's something a lot of us are stuck doing every day -- sitting behind the wheel with nothing to look at but brake lights, billboards, and bumper stickers.

It's no wonder so many of us turn to our tiny glowing screens to pass the time.  But to do that is to forget the dangers that come along with the boredom.

Val Lopez from the Texas Department of Transportation told NewsFix, "Last year, we had over 450 people die on Texas roadways due to distracted driving."

To Kathy Bond of Fort Worth, that's more than a statistic.  Kathy lost her 22-year-old daughter, Katrina, to a car accident back in 2011.

"She was stopped behind a big rig," Kathy recalled. "And a guy got a text.  He didn't even slow down.  I mean, he just plowed into her and killed her instantly."

Wednesday would have been Katrina's 27th birthday.

In the five years since her daughter's tragic death, Kathy's made it her mission to convince others not to drive distracted.  She's teamed up with TxDOT for their "Talk, Text, Crash" campaign.

Said Lopez, "Realize that it's not worth someone's life to look at your phone, to text, to call."

"I think you just have to get people to think about things," Kathy said. "In a second, you could be gone.  Your child doesn't want to go to the dinner table without you, and you don't want to go to the dinner table without your child."

Hey, we're not here to tell you how to live your life, but when you're doing something as dangerous as driving... Maybe it deserves your full attention?

"You need to get your mind set to think, 'I'm driving a weapon right now,'" said Kathy. "And you can kill people very easily."

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