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For more information, contact Tana Akright, Community Relations, at 573-248-2465

April 29, 2012 04:52 PM
Local Schools Welcome Texan's Message about No Texting
Teen's Family Invites Public to Hear Message

HANNIBAL - In an effort to teach local teens and adults about the dangers of texting and driving, during the week of May 7 six northeast Missouri schools will proudly host the "Remember Alex Brown Foundation," organized by the family of teenager Alex Brown who tragically lost her life while texting and driving while on her way to school one morning.

The Brown family has been featured on the Today Show, Oprah and Extreme Home Makeover. The father, mother and younger sister bring a powerful message to students and their parents' first-hand about the dangers of distracted driving. "Distracted driving is becoming too commonplace, and young drivers need to be aware of the potential life-threatening consequences of distracted driving," said MoDOT's Northeast District Engineer Paula Gough. "The importance of educating our communities about the dangers of distracted driving cannot be over-emphasized," explained Gough.

The following schools in northeast Missouri will be hosting presentations on the dates and times indicated. Communities are welcome and encouraged to attend any of these presentations.
·        May 8 at 7 p.m. at Mexico High School gymnasium in Mexico, MO
·        May 9 at 9 a.m. at Wellsville High School gymnasium in Wellsville, MO
·        May 9 at 1 p.m. at Clopton High School gymnasium located on Route W south of Clarksville, MO
·        May 10 at 10 a.m. at South Shelby High School gymnasium in Shelbina, MO
·        May 10 at 1 p.m. at Hannibal High School at Korf Gymnasium in Hannibal, MO
·        May 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Madison High School gymnasium in Madison, MO

The Remember Alex Brown Foundation travels all over the United States free of charge to schools and communities. In order for the Brown's to continue their travels, the following entities have donated to the Brown's visit while in northeast Missouri: NE Coalition for Roadway Safety, the Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments, Best Western on the River of Hannibal, Wal-Mart of Hannibal, American Family Insurance Agents Steve Lewton, Justin Parker and Jason Utterback, Benson Financial Group, Michael Spaulding with Farm Bureau Insurance, and Dick Minor with Insurance Services. "We are thankful for the support, but not surprised, because our sponsors know the dangers of texting and driving and the importance of getting the message across to audiences of all ages," said MoDOT Customer Relations Specialist Tana Akright, who coordinated the event on behalf of the NE Coalition for Roadway Safety.

For more information, please contact MoDOT Customer Service Center at 573-248-2490. You can also visit us online at www.modot.mo.gov/northeast.

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