Technology has made our lives SO much easier and better in myriad ways—smartphones especially have increased our ability to stay in touch, find directions when we’re lost, and even order groceries on the go. However, this technology also comes with a few down sides—most notably when it comes to safety. Smart phones not only provide us with unprecedented access to unhealthy content online and the ability to easily meet and be targeted by strangers, but they also tempt us time and time again to use them when we shouldn’t.
32-year-old Courtney Ann Sanford is a PRIME example that we all need to learn from—adults and teens alike.
In April 2014, Courtney, a professional with two college degrees, was driving down the road when one of her favorite songs came on, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. (I love that song too!) Wanting to share how great she was feeling in that moment, Courtney took a selfie and posted it to Facebook.
It was the last thing she ever did.
You see, Courtney didn’t pull over to take and post the photo, she did it while she was driving. As soon as the post went online, Courtney’s car crossed the center line of the road she was on and slammed into a recycling truck at 45 miles per hour. Her Toyota Corolla left the road, hurtling into the air and slamming into a tree. It erupted into flames. Courtney was killed instantly.
Her Facebook post went live at 8:33 a.m. Records show that police officers and firefighters were notified of the crash just one minute later, at 8:34.
Photo: FOX 8
Though Courtney’s wreck happened almost three years ago, her powerful story is still being shared online in the hopes that senseless deaths like hers can be prevented. As her life and death clearly prove, texting/posting and driving is NOT just a teen problem — if we are honest, I think we’d admit it’s a temptation we ALL face. I know I certainly do.
I am committed to putting the phone AWAY in my purse while driving unless I am using it for directions (in which case the audio comes over my stereo speakers anyway, so I guess maybe I can put it away ALL the time). Will you do the same, friends? We owe it to our loved ones to make SMART choices –there are so many variables we CAN’T control to keep ourselves safe while we are driving, but this is one we CAN. Let’s do the right thing and put the phone AWAY while we’re behind the wheel.