Final text: 'Driving and facebooking is not safe!'

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  • Teen died in crash moments after texting a friend
  • Her parents are backing a texting and driving ban
  • Taylor Sauer, 18, had just started college in the fall
Final text: 'Driving and facebooking is not safe!'

The last thing Taylor Sauer ever texted was "I can't discuss this now. Driving and facebooking is not safe! Haha."

But her parents don't want that to be her legacy.

The 18-year-old college freshman died moments after sending that text while on a four-hour drive from Utah State University to her home in Idaho. She was going at about 80 m.p.h. when she sent it then slammed into the back of a semi-trailer which was slowly driving up a hill.

It's been almost two months since the tragedy and Taylor's mom and dad are hoping it can prevent future tragedies. They are pushing for a law in Idaho to make it illegal to text while driving.

Shauna Sauer told NBC's "Today" show that "There was a time when we were all able to get into a car and drive, and listen to the radio or talk to our family... Now, we feel like we've got to get just everything done in the car, and I just think we need to be a little bit... simpler."

Idaho State Police reported that Taylor, who graduated high school with a 3.9 GPA and worked last summer at a veterinary clinic, was texting roughly every 15 seconds.

"I think she was probably [texting] to stay awake, she was probably tired," her father told Today.

"But that's not a reason to do it, and the kids think they're invincible," Clay Sauer said. "To them, it's not distracting, they're so proficient at texting, that they don't feel it's distracted driving."

Idaho already has an inattentive driving law, but Taylor's mom deflects concerns that a specific texting ban is duplication because it has the power to get people's attention and the existing law is difficult to enforce. The proposed ban has already passed Idaho's House Transportation Committee.

Taylor Sauer's Facebook page includes photos of her showing off a new haircut, playing with puppies and goofing around with friends. The vibrant teen's parents say of the new law, "This is what she would want us to do ... She wanted to take on the world."
 

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