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GREENVILLE, N.C. - This week's car accident that killed a high school senior provided the latest example of the dangers of driving while distracted. Investigators say 18-year-old Sarah Edwards crashed and died Wednesday moments after getting a text message. Her death came on the same day a new public service campaign launched to warn people that distracted driving can kill.

They are four commercials depicting four people behind the wheel. All lose focus in some way and pay the price.

"We wanted to come up with a message that said any type of distraction behind the wheel can refocus life," said Melissia Larson, past chair for The Safe Communities Coalition of Pitt County.

The Safe Communities Coalition of Pitt County produced the ads after noticing an unusual number of deadly single car accidents. Members thought something had to distract the driver. This campaign launched Wednesday. The same day Sarah Edwards died while being distracted by a text message.

"To know that was going on, something we were trying to impact was going on at that time, was, was a little chilling," Larson said.

Safe Communities of Pitt County spent 3 months and $5,000 on the campaign. The messages will be included in drivers' ed and traffic school programs. They’ll also be sent across the state wherever people are willing to listen.

The messages don't end there. A computer simulation on the New York Times website tries to demonstrate how easy it is to lose focus behind the wheel. You have to drive through the correct gate while responding to three different text messages. I slammed into at least one wrong gate every time i tried it. State Trooper J.S. Collins can't figure out why drivers ignore the warnings.

"The mindset evidently is that the message can't wait when, in actuality, it must wait," Trooper J.S. Collins said.

Collins coordinates demonstrations like this one at schools to teach young drivers that one glance at a cell phone can lead to disaster. He reached out to all 20 school district superintendents in his coverage area at the start of the year offering his program. So far, not even half have taken him up on it.

"I know time restrictions in a school schedule is difficult, but this is something worth addressing," Collins said.

Collins and Larson insist they're focused on delivering their message. They hope eventually drivers will pay attention. The public service announcements are already airing on Pitt County's government channel. It's in the works for the City of Greenville's channel.

There's also an application available on some smart phones called "Otter" that lets parents control their children's texting abilities remotely.

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