BOISE -- The mother of an 18-year-old girl who died while texting and driving gave emotional testimony before the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday. The Sauer family is urging Idaho lawmakers to ban texting behind the wheel.
"It's given us a purpose to remember our daughter for the good that she was," said Shauna Sauer, Taylor Sauer's mother.
The Sauer family lost their daughter Taylor to texting and driving one month ago to the day. And on the one-month anniversary of Taylor's passing, the Sauers find themselves testifying before state lawmakers about their daughter's death.
Shauna Sauer told the committee her daughter was coming home from Utah State University for a long weekend when she slammed into the back of a tanker truck.
"Taylor was using the phone on the freeway with very few cars and in open spaces," said Sauer. "Probably considered by many to be a somewhat safe place. However, that was not the case that evening," said Sauer.
Taylor's family is now vowing to stop the senseless tragedies caused by texting and driving. They stood before the Senate Transportation Committee urging lawmakers to do the same.
"The pain we've endured since Taylor's accident is at many times unbearable to take, and we don't want any other families to have to go through this pain, the pain of losing a child due to this media addiction," said Sauer.
After her death, Taylor's family and friends made a pact to stop texting and driving. They say the loss they endure everyday is a reminder. They now want to ensure every teenager is reminded about the dangers of texting, and they believe a law against it is best.
"What about the kids who didn't know our daughter Taylor? What about the teenagers who've never dealt with the loss of a loved one or friend at the hands of texting and driving?" Sauer asked the committee. "By having a law in place that specifically lists texting and driving we are hoping that will be their reminder. Please consider our testimony when you look at this bill. Please remember the loss that we will endure for the rest of our lives. We as a family our doing our part. We hope we can count on you to do yours.".
The Sauer family says they don't plan to stop their efforts to ban texting while driving no matter what happens with the bill. They have begun to reach out to area schools to educate Idaho students about the dangers of texting.
The Senate Transportation Committee listened to more than an hour of testimony Tuesday. They voted to advance the bill to the full Senate for a vote. The bill would make texting while driving an infraction, meaning law enforcement would issue citations, much like a speeding ticket.