The accident where a Chocowinity teenager was killed where Highway Patrol says texting was a factor is a tragic reminder of how dangerous it can be to take your eyes off the road, whether you're texting or are distracted in some other manner.
Even after legislators passed the law of no texting while driving researchers say one in four teen drivers still do it.
Parent John Buck says, "There is nothing that you could put in a text that's worth dying over so the best thing to do is wait and do it when you get parked somewhere."
According to a Virginia Tech study, teen drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into car crashes due to talking on a cell phone or texting- and for Highway Patrol it's something they say they deal with often. Sergeant Kevin Respess says, "We stress over and over and over again keep your eyes on the road, there are a lot distractions out there today...texting is one of the biggest ones were dealing with right now."
Buck says he will stress no texting in the car to his two children. "The best thing to do is teach them what the consequences are, when you see a story on the news say look that's what happens when you do that."
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation 28-percent of teen drivers say they text while they drive. 5,500 people were killed last year due to distracted driving and most of those deaths were drivers under the age of 20.