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April 28, 2014

Irony meter pegged again (4)

RIP, Ms. Sanford.

Woman posts about 'Happy' song on Facebook seconds before fatal Business 85 crash

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Investigators believe a driver was posting to Facebook seconds before she crashed and died.

The wreck happened Thursday morning on Business 85 in High Point. Investigators say 32-year-old Courtney Ann Sanford crossed the median and crashed head-on into a truck.

Later on Thursday, investigators say some of Sanford's friends and family told them about a Facebook post that Sanford made around the same time as the crash. Investigators discovered the Facebook post was made seconds before the deadly crash.

"The Facebook text happened at 8:33 a.m. We got the call on the wreck at 8:34 a.m.," explains Lt. Chris Weisner, with the High Point Police Department.

Investigators say Sanford's Facebook post read: "The happy song makes me HAPPY!"

"In a matter of seconds, a life was over just so she could notify some friends that she was happy," says Weisner.

Paul sent me a link to the story above. I replied that what smart phones need is a sensor to detect continuous motion so texting and browsing could be disabled while driving.

He replied with a link to this article in The Daily Mail.

Apple to introduce speed sensors in cars to stop drivers texting at the wheel

Texting from behind the wheel could be made impossible after Apple launched plans to install a device that could stop drivers from sending messages.

The electronic giants have filed a patent for a system that could bar access to an iPhone's messaging apps while a user is driving.

Sensors installed in phones would be able to detect the speed of the vehicle and work out where someone was sitting. This would allow passengers to send messages without any restrictions.

Messaging at the wheel is hard to detect and has become so common that many believe a law barring it would not make a difference.

Documents filed on behalf of Apple in the US suggest they are looking to develop 'lockout mechanisms that disable the ability of a handheld computing device to perform certain functions, such as texting, while one is driving'.

Posted by joke du jour at April 28, 2014 07:02 PM

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