Yesterday marked two years that two parents have been without their daughter. West Texas teen Alex Brown was tragically killed after she lost control of her truck on a country road. Investigators determined that Alex was texting at the time of the crash.
Devastated by the loss of their daughter, Johnny Mac and Jeanne Brown have made it their mission to educate others about the dangers of texting and driving.
Through the Remember Alex Brown Foundation, the Browns have been touring the country to raise awareness about distracted driving.
Earlier this year, the Browns, with the help of their Texas Representative Tom Craddick, brought a bill before the Texas Legislature that would have banned texting and driving. But the bill faced strong opposition, especially from law enforcement officials who said the ban would be too difficult to enforce.
Despite the opposition, another form of the bill was eventually passed by both the Texas House and the Texas Senate. But Governor Rick Perry ultimately vetoed the legislation, saying it constituted government micromanagement of adult behavior.
The Browns have not let Governor Perry or any critics of texting bans get in their way. They continue to speak at schools and state legislatures throughout the nation, hoping that at least one person will hear their message and put down the phone while driving.
On behalf of Van Wey Law, I would like to thank the Browns for their continued dedication to educating all drivers on the dangers of distracted driving. Just Put It Down – the life you save may be your own.