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I don’t text while driving because I’m pretty sure when I did Satan himself took advantage of my distraction to steer my car directly at the first solid object within striking distance.

One second I’d be promising to pick up a loaf of bread on the way home from work and the next my car was careening toward a six-foot-thick concrete bridge column that suddenly appeared out of thin air.

I was very lucky each time a bridge, car or oak tree jumped out while I was texting and cruising down a highway. So are you for not being in close proximity at the time.

We’ve all seen public safety advertisements depicting someone texting while driving when suddenly, traveling at 50 mph, they realize people are unloading groceries from a car 10 feet in front of their grill.

Impressive as such ads can be, now and then real life offers a deadly warning on the subject.

Such is the case of 32-year-old Courtney Ann Sanford of Clemmons, North Carolina. Officials say she was posting to Facebook while driving when she was involved in a fatal crash last week. Sanford was allegedly updating her Facebook profile immediately before the accident that snuffed out her young life.

Thursday morning, police say Ms. Sanford updated her Facebook status and wrote "The happy song makes me HAPPY,” perhaps referencing the hit song of the same name.

"The Facebook text happened at 8:33 a.m. We got the call on the wreck at 8:34 a.m.," Lt. Chris Weisner of the High Point Police Department told WGHP. "In a matter of seconds, a life was over just so she could notify some friends that she was happy."

Police said she was also snapping selfies as she drove along. Apparently drugs and alcohol were not a factor. Texting is illegal in North Carolina, however like everywhere else police are only around to issue citations in a relative handful of cases.

As I read about Ms. Sanford, I thought of my two grandsons who typically have their thumbs attached to some sort of electronic communications device for a significant part of any given day.

Both are too young to drive as yet, and their parents are savvy enough when it comes to supervising when and how the boys interact with smart-phones and other devices.

Still, I worry that when they’re older they won’t be as lucky as Papa when they break the rules and Satan grabs the wheel.

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