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Teen learns lesson after texting while driving

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - In less than three months, texting while driving could be illegal in Tennessee, thanks to a bill aimed at stopping accidents like one that happened this week to a Mid-South teenager.

His chin still busted, Brad Davis has a cautionary tale to tell.

"I'm still in shock," Davis said Thursday. "I haven't been very hungry."

Tuesday afternoon, Davis was driving his SUV down Wolf River Boulevard.  According to the police report, he flipped his car twice before landing upside down.

"How lucky I am to be alive," Davis said.

The wreck started when Davis looked down at his cell phone to check a text message.  According to the police report, he looked up and had to swerve to avoid hitting two bicyclists.  Neither got hit by the car, but the bikes collided and one biker went to the hospital with bruises on her leg.

"I wasn't trying to hurt anybody," Davis said. "I was just looking at a text. I wasn't sitting there typing away."

Stories like Davis' have prompted Rep. John Lundberg of Bristol, Tennessee to propose a law banning texting and driving.

"I think it will dramatically cut down on texting and driving," Lundberg said.

The bill passed both the house and senate, and is now waiting for Gov. Phil Bredesen's signature.

"I don't really see why they wouldn't do it," said Davis, who supports the idea.

Davis, a straight-A student and recent high school graduate said he learned an important lesson the hard way.

"Just pay more attention to when you're driving, for sure," he said. "Don't ever take your eyes off the road."

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