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Alabama mom warns parents about texting and driving risks after losing daughter in I-65 crash

ALABASATER, Ala. (WIAT) - Two weeks after losing her only daughter, Michelle Lunsford is using her tragedy to help other people. At "Parent University" Thursday night, she shared her heartbreak and a staunch warning about the risks of texting and driving. Camryn Callaway, a senior at Thompson High School, was killed when her vehicle ran into the back of an 18 wheeler on I-65.

"These kids are getting phones earlier and earlier. It's just become a part of their arm, and I'm just afraid it's going to travel over to when they start driving as well. That has to stop," Lunsford said.

You may have seen Lunsford's first interview after losing her daughter on CBS 42; since then, she's been sharing her message with anyone who will listen, speaking to local TV stations and appearing on multiple local radio morning shows.

According to the National Safety Council, 11 teenagers die every day from traffic crashes related to texting and driving. Thursday, Parent University gave parents a chance to hear from professionals and other parents to gain the tools needed to parent a modern teenager.

"Don't worry about being their friend. Do whatever you have to do to make sure that they're on the right path," Shelby County District Court Judge Jim Kramer said.

"I love my daughter, I told her every single day I talked with her. So there are no regrets...she absolutely knew I loved her. Knowing her, she's cheering me on," Lunsford said.

Lunsford now hopes to work with state legislators to change laws regarding distracted driving.


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