"Driving and Facebooking is not Safe"

"Driving and Facebooking is not Safe"

I was driving my daughter from one practice to the next, and we noticed the car in front of us swerving.  I pointed it out, and wondered if they were drunk.  I pulled along the side of the car and saw a woman about 30 years old with her head buried into her phone and both hands frantically texting.  Her elbows were doing the steering.

My inner bitch came out and at the next stoplight, I beeped the horn and motioned for her to roll down her window.  She surprisingly rolled it down, looked at me, and I just went off.  I'll spare you all the words I used, but needless to say I had to tell my daughter to forget everything I just said.  Instead of being completely mortified she surprised me and said, "I'm glad you said something - texting and driving kills people"  Please let that mean that we're starting to reach the next generation.

A couple of months ago, you may have heard about Taylor Sauer.  She was driving home from Utah State University and was texting on Facebook for most of the normally four hour drive.  She texted to a friend, "I can't discuss this matter now.  Driving and facebooking is not safe! Haha".  Moments later, she ran into a tanker truck and then was hit by a semi truck from behind.  She was going about 80 and the tanker about 15 mph.  Taylor lost her life that day.

I was reminded of the tragedy this morning on the Today show.  Taylor's parents don't want her death in vain.  They want a strict application of the law and increased methods in stopping drivers from texting.  They talked with so much passion and pain, that I hope they were able to reach some of the drivers that think they're invincible.  It's NEVER acceptable. Please help spread the word, and at the next stoplight, feel free to roll down your window and yell at the swerving car next to you.  Help save someone's life.

 

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  • If you rolled down your window and yelled at the swerving car next to you, you just might become the collateral damage of a texting driver.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I am definitely aware of that - that's why I waited until we were sitting at the stoplight. It was painful to wait and watch and hope I wasn't hit.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Funny, I thought I read "My inner bitch came out and at the next stoplight ...." inferring that the poster had actually, you know ... stopped. Nonetheless, this is something I am guilty of doing on occasion. Poster makes an excellent point. Great story.

  • In reply to jayersj:

    Ha! Yes, you both make great points. I would have been a much bigger hazard if I stopped in the middle of driving. Although it did take everything I had to wait until we had a moment. The swerving was the worst I've ever seen!
    I also agree that it is SO hard not to look at your phone when you hear a little ding that a message has come in - but because I have a 15 year old gearing up to drive, I've been able to be more disciplined as to set an example.

  • I agree 100% with you.....however, it should be noted that when you confront someone on the road in anger, you might not like what you get back. Here in Chicago, rolling down your window to give someone (even if you're trying to save them from harm) can result in violence. I've seen it happen and it's happened to me. Caution is always my approach now. If I see someone driving dangerously, I take steps to get away from them and I pull over and call the police. Although, here in Chicago, they usually don't respond to those calls. But at least I know I did my part.

  • In reply to live4today:

    Excellent point! I often act and speak before I think and in this case anger outweighed any sense of caution I should have exhibited. Thank goodness she didn't come back with any threats of violence - just shock. But you definitely offer a good alternative - if it works!

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