What remains of eighteen-year-old Taylor Sauer has been scrubbed from the asphalt of an Idaho Freeway.
According to reports, she was sending text and Facebook messages every 90 seconds while barreling 80MPH down the road.
The last message she ever pecked out in her life, “Driving and facebooking is not safe! Haha,” was made mere seconds before she smashed into a tanker truck and instantly died.
“I think she was probably (texting) to stay awake, she was probably tired,” her father told NBC’s Today. Ever hear of coffee?
Even though texting while driving is more dangerous than driving while drunk, people continue doing it. It killed over 16,000 people between 2001-2007. For comparison’s sake, less than 16,000 people were murdered in the USA in 2010.
In 2010, celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan plunged off a cliff while Tweeting about his dog, disfiguring himself beyond recognition and dying in the process.
Although there’s a certain Darwinian justice in the deaths of those who are dumb enough to type out personal messages as they careen down a highway, the problem (as with drunk driving) is that the innocent also often get creamed in the process.
Texting while driving is now illegal in most states, but I don’t think it goes far enough. I support live, televised public executions of anyone caught texting while driving. You may call that callous, but what else do you suggest to stop it? Before opening your yaps, imagine losing a family member or your closest friend because some inconsiderate asshole couldn’t wait to change their “Relationship” status on Facebook. Sad as it is, some people need to be scared out of their fucking minds before they’ll change behaviors that are harmful to others.