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Okay, people. Everyone who has texted, answered the phone, or surfed the internet while driving raise their hands. My hand is raised. Your hands are raised too. I admit to the behavior in the past, but I have made a conscious effort to avoid it for quite a while. I pull over to check email, respond to a text message, or return a phone call. It is worth the trouble. It seems every day I see a post or an article involving distracted driving and a horrible car wreck with serious injuries or casualties. Case in point, a young North Carolina woman lost her life recently when she posted a tweet about a song she was listening to that made her happy. The name of the song was “Happy, ” by Pharrell. The post on Facebook occurred seconds before she drifted across a green median and struck an oncoming truck.

Police say Courtney Ann Sanford texted Facebook at 8:33 a.m. Thursday. One minute later, a call came in about a car crash.

“In a matter of seconds, a life was over just so she could notify some friends that she was happy,” said High Point Police Lt. Chris Weisner.

When investigators checked her online activity, they also discovered that she had been posting selfies as she drove.

“As sad as it is, it is a grim reminder for everyone … you just have to pay attention while you are in the car,” Weisner said.

When you travel the roads of South Carolina you have a duty to keep a proper lookout for other drivers. You also have a duty of reasonable care as a hypothetical driver would under similar circumstances. When we deviate from the law, we open ourselves up to hurting others and ourselves. It is simply not worth it. Pull over. Please.

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P.S. I saw this option at the bottom of the article I referenced. They are encouraging people to read about car accidents caused by texting while driving, while people are driving. The irony is not lost on me.

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