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Owensboro HS students hear presentation on dangers of texting and driving


Owensboro High School juniors and seniors heard a presentation on the dangers of distracted driving Tuesday. 

Paducah Police officer Gretchen Morgan spoke to the students about her friend, Hillary Coltharp, who was severely injured in an accident eight years ago on I-24. 

Coltharp was texting while driving and not wearing a seat belt, when her car flipped several times on the interstate. 

She was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville with a slim chance of survival. 

Coltharp is still recovering. 

She and Morgan travel to schools and businesses to speak with people about the consequences of texting and driving. 

"If they text or play games or even talk on the phone, take their attention off the road, it could be the end of their life like it almost was of mine," says Coltharp.

"It's our goal to go and to educate," adds Morgan.  "It's not to talk about how many tickets we can write, how many fines we can put, it's to educate and change behaviors."  

Both women have addressed over 20,000 people in the past four years. 

They're pushing for cell phone companies to make phones that would disable while a car is in motion.    

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