Texting while driving kills 10 people a day across the country, so an area high school took it upon themselves to start fighting the statistic.
Students at Hillcrest High School didn’t know what they were in for when they showed up for school on Friday,
“Every 10 minutes, 8-10 students will be pulled out of class to be given a t shirt like the one I’m wearing,” said student Lexi Webster, who coordinated the event, “and they will be considered figuratively dead, no texting, no social media, no talking to anyone teachers will not be calling on them.”
This 21% of Hillcrest’s populatoin represents the number of students ages 15-18 who are involved in an accident due to distracted driving. Much like the every fifteen minutes program that visits high schools, but this one geared toward an issue more frequent in Idaho Falls.
“Distracted driving is a lot more prevalent to students our age and in this area than drinking and driving and so I wanted to really focus on what we can do to help save a student’s life,” added Webster.
The students started the day by attending a presentation from the Sauer family, who lost 19 year Taylor Sauer 2 years ago while texting and driving.
“It Changes everything, I don’t have that sister anymore I don’t have that person to look up to,” said Husdon Sauer, Taylor’s younger brother.
Taylor’s family instigated the recent legislation banning texting while driving in Idaho, but didn’t stop there. They travel all around the state putting on presentations for high schools, church groups, and leadership conferences, sharing their loss in hopes that it will prevent another family from experiencing the same pain.
Josh Sauer told us, “Being the older brother it hits really hard when you can’t protect your younger siblings, so we want to get the word out so we can have everyone’s siblings protected.”
It was Taylor’s story, told by her dedicated family, that inspired this day of learning at Hillcrest, and hopefully it will be their work to keep all of Hillcrest’s students from making the same deadly mistake.
“We do it to save lives, even to save one that’s all that matters, it’s all worth it,“ added Hudson.
To learn more about Taylor’s story or request a presentation, you can find info at taylorscorner.org.