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Why has our law firm created this scholarship program? It's simple. We have seen all too often the consequences of texting and web surfing while driving.

A large proportion of serious and fatal accidents -- at least 25 percent -- are the result of distracted driving that includes texting, emailing or searching. At least half of all high school students of driving age admit to texting while driving. The purpose of this scholarship program is to raise awareness of the seriousness of distracted driving among those who are most vulnerable - teen drivers.

Take the pledge. Save a life. Save your own life. Help us make Texas Text Free.

2016 Text Free Texas Scholarship Program Offered At Four High Schools

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Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz is pleased to announce the fourth annual Text Free Texas Scholarship Program, which is open to driving-age students at four local high schools.

To enter, students must pledge not to text while driving and write a statement no longer than 250 words explaining why they are choosing not to text and drive.  The student with the best pledge at each school will receive a $250 scholarship.

Students from four high schools are invited to participate:

  • DeBakey High School for Health Professionals
  • Energy Institute High School
  • Houston Academy for International Studies
  • Jones Futures Academy

As always, the contest begins April 1 st to coincide with Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the scholarship recipients will be announced during the first week of May.

To be eligible for the scholarship contest, you must be currently enrolled in one of the above mentioned schools, grades 10-12. Then, tell us why you have pledged not to text and drive on our Facebook or Google+ pages during the month of April. Students must include their name, high school, grade, and the hashtag #TxtFreeTX at the end of their pledge.

Past Text Free Texas Scholarship Contest Winners

2016 Winners

  • Manzura - DeBakey High School for Health Professions
  • Yosselin - Houston Academy for International Studies
  • Jacob - Energy Institute High School
  • Jasmine - Jones Futures Academy

2015 Winners

  • Daisey - Carnegie Vanguard High School
  • Emily - Hope Academy Charter
  • Dominica - Westside High School

2014 Winners

  • Tyler - El Campo High School
  • Bryce - Eastwood Academy High School
  • Yaneli - Lee High School
  • Ortwin - Waltrip High School

Thank you to all students who have participated in the Text Free Texas Scholarship Contest. We hope you remain text free while driving to help make roads safer.

"By awarding me the Text Free Texas Scholarship, you lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goal just as you have and are helping me achieve mine."

-Yaneli, 2014 scholarship recipient

Did You Know?

Texting while driving is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. In fact, the U.S. has the greatest number of drivers who admit to texting while driving of any highly developed country, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2011. Other things you may not know about texting and driving include:

  • According to a 2013 study published in the journal Pediatrics, around half of high school students aged 16 and older reported texting and driving within 30 days of the study.
  • A 2013 Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study showed that tasks associated with using mobile devices increased the risk of being in an accident by 300 percent.
  • Driving while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated, according to a study conducted at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Other studies put this number even higher.
  • According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one in five motor vehicle crashes involves driver distraction, with cell phone use and texting being the most common sources of distraction.
  • Texas does not prohibit texting while driving except among teenagers. However, some Texas cities have prohibited TWD by all drivers, according to a story in the Texas Tribune.

Not convinced that texting while driving is dangerous? Check out the It Can Wait Campaign's texting-while-driving simulator.

You can stop this. You can save a life. All you have to do is put down your phone while you're behind the wheel. Focus on driving. Focus on keeping yourself, your passengers and those you share the road with safe, with one less distracted driver out there. Focus on a Text Free Texas.

But, the question is, what will you do to save a life? Will you put down your phone while you are driving? Join the conversation on Facebook or Google+ #txtfreetx .

Stop The Distraction. Stop The Temptation To Be Distracted.

The easiest way to ensure you don't text while driving? Turn your phone off when you turn your car on. Here are some other options:

  • Put your phone on silent. Don't worry about what you don't know about.
  • Put your phone out of sight. In your book bag, purse or anywhere you can't see it. Don't let yourself get distracted by the lights, sounds or alerts of an incoming text or call.
  • Designate a texter. We've all heard of designated drivers. It works for texters too. Let your passenger read and respond to texts while you're driving.

What do you do to ensure that you focus on safe driving? Tell us how you are part of the Text Free Texas solution. Facebook or Google+ #txtfreetx.

Afraid You'll Miss Something Important?

There are apps available to autorespond to texts and calls that will let your friends, family and whomever is trying to reach you know that you can't talk right now. These providers have built apps for their wireless customers to promote safe driving and safe texting:

There are several other apps available. Run a quick search in your device's app store for texting while driving to learn more about your options.

Still Afraid You'll Miss Something Important?

What about the homecoming football game? Your senior prom? Graduation? The text can wait.

One tenth of fatal accidents that occur in the United States happen right here in Texas. Of those fatal accidents, 16 percent are caused by distracted drivers. Be part of the solution. Save a life. Save your life. Don't text and drive.

Make A Commitment To A Text Free Texas. Save Lives And Take The No-Texting Pledge.