A local woman and her family hope that their message about the dangers of texting and driving will help someone stay alive.

A local woman and her family hope that their message about the dangers of texting and driving will help someone stay alive.

Drive Alive: Don’t Text and Drive is an organization conducted locally by Kayla Taylor following the death of her brother, Taylor Duley, killed in a texting and driving accident Oct. 20, 2010.

The accident occurred when he swerved off U.S. 79 and struck a tree, according to the Arkansas State Police crash records.

Kayla Taylor is spreading the message of Drive Alive by telling her brother’s story to schools and various groups.

On May 19, Taylor told the story to a group of Girl Scouts at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center’s Nursing School. Through her Facebook group she has managed to reach many people.

“I get tons of messages everyday from people who say they will never do it again,” Taylor said.

Although she said it is hard for her, she knows she needs to get the message out to save lives.

During a recent interview, Taylor said her mom was finally able to go through her brother’s phone records and saw the last message he sent Oct. 20, 2010, was at 4:36 p.m. His wreck occurred at approximately 4:37 p.m.

Taylor Duley’s family has been selling T-shirts and stickers at their local family restaurant, Charro’s, in honor of their son. All proceeds from the T-shirts go to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

A cross in his memory can be seen at the place where his wreck occurred. His name can also be found spray painted under bridges in the Watson Chapel community and many groups have been made to honor his memory on Facebook.

Duley was 18 years old at the time of his death.

“Everyday, I search for ways to spread the message of texting and driving,” Taylor said on her Wordpress Blog. “I won’t rest until I do absolutely all I can to not only spread the message, but to honor my brother.”

Taylor said she has been in contact with AT&T to try and get her brother’s story on the company’s It Can Wait program.

On Taylor’s Facebook page, Drive Alive: Don’t Text and Drive she tells the story of the day she lost her brother.

“What do we do now?” She recalled saying to her mother while hugging her after the wreck. “A senseless text message led me to preparing and burying my brother … A text message took my brother’s life.”

Taylor says she hopes sharing her story will make some people realize their life is more important than a cell phone. She has reached more than 1,000 members on her Facebook page and the number of members continue to grow. On her page she posts important videos, links, and websites to inform her members of the dangers of texting and driving.

Since a law passed in 2011 in Arkansas, cell phone use while driving is banned for 18 to 20 year olds. For any person younger than 18, all cell phone use is banned while in the car. The penalty for texting and driving can be up to a $100 fine, according to drivinglaws.org.

Texting while driving is considered a primary law in Arkansas, meaning police officers can pull someone over because they were texting and driving. While a driver is texting, their reaction time decreases by 35 percent and their steering capability goes down by 91 percent, according to drivingstatistics.com .