OXFORD, N.Y. (WBNG) -- Texting while driving is deadly. That's the message a speaker had for students at Oxford High School on Thursday.
Karen Torres lost her father in 2006 when he was killed by a distracted driver.
She turned her personal tragedy into a learning tool and now shares her story with thousands of students across New York state to encourage them to make smarter choices behind the wheel.
Torres was brought to Oxford High through a grant provided by the National Safety Council. She hopes to shed light on the dangers of distracted driving.
"What I'm trying to do as an advocate is spreading as much awareness as I can, until hopefully it becomes socially unacceptable to be in the car with somebody who has been using their phone," Torres said Thursday.
Texting has now surpassed drinking and driving as the leading cause of death and accidents among teens ages 16 to 20.