On April 3rd, 22-year old Colorado student Alexander Heit had been texting a friend while he was driving and drifted into oncoming traffic. He ended up rolling his car over and off the road.  Heit's parents have just released the text message he was typing right before the accident that claimed his young life.

According to Police chief Jerry Garner:

'The Heits are sharing their tragedy and loss, in hope that through Alex's story, others may realize and recognize just how dangerous texting and driving is.'

On Tuesday, Heit's mother, Sharon, released this statement through the Geeley, Colorado Police Department:

'I can't bear the thought of anyone else having to go through something like this. Please, vow to never, NEVER text and drive. In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you.'

Here in Amarillo, as of February 2, 2013 if you are caught  texting or talking on your phone (without a hands-free device)  you could get a citation that could cost you up to $200. This also applies if you are sitting at a stop light. To use your phone you must pull over first.

Speaking of stop lights, I was at one near our offices at 34th and Bell recently and counted 5 people who drove past me that were texting, talking and driving. Here are the latest stats on Cell phone accidents.

The next time you are driving and you hear that familiar sound of an incoming text, take a moment and ask yourself, 'Is taking my eyes off the road, for even a split second, worth the loss of my life or the life of someone else?'