I know I’m guilty of this so after reading this I’ve made a vow to do better than to have this situation happen to me or anyone reading this. Social media has changed our generation drastically but with everything new that happens, there are also consequences to it as well.
Unfortunately, this young lady and her family had to learn the painful, sad way of what happens when one does not concentrate while on the road. Taylor Sauer, a Utah State University student died after slamming her car into another vehicle at 80mph, while updating her Facebook status in Idaho. It had been reported that the 18 year old had been late at night down a stretch of flat highway, and was messaging her friend on Facebook about the Denver Broncos football team.
In addition to that, she was texting every 90 seconds during her four hour commute from her school to her parent’s home. The irony of this whole situation was that Taylor last text was, “Driving and facebooking is not safe! Haha.” Seconds later, she slammed into a tanker truck at 80mph. She was killed instantly.
Taylor was said the reason she was texting on the long drive to her parents’ house was to “stay awake,” her father later told The Today Show, also adding, “but that’s not a reason to do it.”
Her father is right. There really is no reason for someone to be texting to stay awake. If you are driving and feel tired, there is absolutely nothing wrong with pulling over, getting some rest and then continuing on with your journey. It is better to arrive to your destination late than not arrive at all.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sauer family and anyone else who’s been a victim of texting & driving.