DALLAS -- A North Texas woman who almost died in a fiery car accident is taking a powerful message to young people across the state: Don't text and drive.

Jamie Nash knows the worst that can happen all too well.

Her life changed forever on the night of June 27, 2010. She was driving on a dark, rural road in Ellis County, when she sent a text message.

"I lost control of the vehicle, and I flipped and I hit a tree," Nash said.

Her PT Cruiser burst into flames. She was burned over 70 percent of her body. She survived the crash, but after a year-and-a-half of treatment, she's considered completely disabled.

Her latest stop was the Episcopal School of Dallas, where she gave 100 tenth graders a dose of reality.

"Teens - especially the girls - will come up crying, with tears, telling me I will never text and drive again," she said.

AT&T wants to make texting and driving as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving. The company introduced a new app, called DriveMode, at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. The app sends out an automatic message while in drive mode, informing the person texting or e-mailing that you're driving and can't respond.

"We want to make it very easy for people to let their friends, their family, anyone texting or e-mailing them while they re driving, to let them know, 'I'll get back to you as soon as I can,'" said Cathy Coughlin, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President.

The app will first be available to Blackberry users, and versions of it for phones on other operating systems are coming soon.

Studies show people who text and drive are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident.


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