Most of us are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving, but as technology becomes more and more portable, many accidents are now being caused by texting while driving. Studies have shown that sending a text message while behind the wheel can be even more dangerous than being drunk on the road.
You may think that you only need to look down at your phone for “just a second,” but it takes far less than that for your car to drift into the opposing lane and cause a serious accident. Forty-five states have made texting while driving a crime, and fourteen prohibit the use of handheld cellphones while behind the wheel. Many ads on TV, such as this powerful PSA, try to encourage people to stay off their phones until they’re out of the car. But even strict laws and chilling advertisements can’t prevent all accidents, and the story of Courtney Sanford is a tragic example of what can happen when a driver gets distracted.
Like many people in today’s world, Courtney loved taking selfies and writing posts on Facebook. The problem was that she didn’t put down her phone once she started driving. As Courtney posted her photos on social media, Pharrell Williams’ popular song “Happy” came on the radio. Its peppy tune and upbeat lyrics inspired the thirty-two-year-old woman to write a final post on Facebook: “The happy song makes me HAPPY!” What happened after she posted it is a terrible tragedy that could have been easily prevented.
There is no text or Facebook post in the world that’s more important than a human life. If you need to send or read an important message, please wait until you’ve pulled into a parking lot and stopped the car. It’s a simple action that can prevent stories like Courtney’s from happening again.
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Courtney was just thirty-two years old. She lived in North Carolina and had her whole life ahead of her.
All of that changed when she took her eyes off the road to write this Facebook post. Its joyful message is the last thing her loved ones have to remember her by.
Courtney crossed the center median and hit a recycling truck head-on. The driver of the truck escaped with his life, but Courtney died immediately just seconds after writing her Facebook post.
A beautiful young life was ended that day for nothing but a silly Facebook post. The next time you bring your phone in the car, please remember Courtney’s tragic story before prioritizing a social media post over your life or someone else’s.
We love Facebook as much as the next guy, but please put your phone down and remember to never text and drive or Facebook and drive! Please, please SHARE this powerful message with all of your friends!