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.