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Woman Dies After Posting Selfie While Driving

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If you are a person with a brain, chances are you know that texting while driving is a bad idea. So why, then, do so many drivers continue to do just that? Statistics show that the average time your eyes are off the road while texting is five seconds—long enough to travel the length of a football field at 55mph. A lot can go wrong in those five seconds—and one young driver recently paid for it with her life.

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Last year, Courtney Sanford, 32, posted a selfie on Facebook when Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” came on the radio as she was driving 45mph. The image is chilling, as is the caption, “The happy song makes me HAPPY!” because these ended up being her last words. The image was posted to Facebook at 8:33am. One minute later, emergency services received a call from another driver reporting that Courtney had veered across the center median, collided with a recycling truck, left the road, hit a tree, and burst into flames. It’s no surprise that Courtney was instantly killed.

Courtney’s story is tragic—perhaps even more tragic because her death could so easily have been avoided.

Scary ads warning of the dangers of texting and driving are easily muted or turned off, but this story is real life. Perhaps, if enough people hear Courtney’s story, she won’t have died in vain, and many more lives will be saved as drivers realize that texting and driving is no joke—it’s a serious issue that must be addressed to prevent more tragedies like this from occurring.

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