NORTH LITTLE ROCK Ark.; (KTHV) -- A group at Faith Baptist church in North Little Rock is on a texting and driving campaign. The Levy community church is working to keep drivers safe. They say Halloween is the perfect time for them to invite people in and show them the dangers of getting behind a wheel and getting on your phone.
Halloween is days away and Faith Baptist church is working on a project to tie in the scary day. About a hundred members are on campaign against texting and driving. The group set up an event similar to a haunted house. One of the volunteers is Cassandra Johnson. "He passed away along with three of his other friends March 20th 2010, on their way to Florida for a spring break trip. The vehicle went off the road and unfortunately no one made it." Johnson lost her son Robert in a car accident, it wasn't because of texting and driving. Johnson says after losing a loved one in a car accident, events that draw attention to the danger of distracted driving are close to her heart.
The production sets up a mock scenario and starts off with a wreck scene in the parking lot, then attendees head inside for an announcement about teens losing their lives. Next, comes a make believe funeral service. After the group sets up the fake deaths they go on a spiritual journey.
One of the actors, Madison Foster, portrays a victim of texting and driving. "A lot of people come in expecting this to be more of a haunted house kind of thing and when they come through, it does scare people a little bit but it really gives the message out in a way that we are trying to." And that message, Johnson says can save lives. "When you decide to send that text message your eyes go off the road, it just takes a split second for that accident to happen."
The production ends on Halloween night.