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Driving and texting

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Brock Dietrich thinks about what his daughter should be doing all the time.

She should be getting ready to graduate from high school this spring. She should be preparing for business school and looking forward to owning a hair salon someday.

However his daughter, Sydnee Williams, won’t go on to accomplish these things since she died in a car crash just shy of her 18th birthday because she was texting and driving on an Ohio highway.

“What really struck me, what I have to live with, is that I used to text and drive in front of her,” says Dietrich, 39, who now speaks about Sydnee’s life to high schools in Ohio.

A majority of Americans agree that texting while driving is dangerous, but in a culture with more screen time than face time, keeping phones out of sight in the car is easier said than done, according to a new survey provided exclusively to USA TODAY Network.

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