Evidently Dr. Phil's new season is going to focus on texting/driving - and he's starting it off with his show featuring a girl he's trying to ween off the texting by having the kid who hit a well known member (Jim aka Biker Billy) of another forum (Bicycling.com). Kid who hit and killed him (Jim was riding in a bike lane in CO, when this kid swerved into while texting) was not given jail time, but rather he was to go and publicly speak about the hazards of texting while driving.
Guess Dr. Phil will also be mentioning the 5 girls from my area who were killed just after graduation this year - as it is believed the driver was texting while driving her friends to a camp.
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Extensive interview with pics
And his daughter's statement - she too is a member of that forum.