“Here’s a reminder we thought we’d never have to give: Don’t jump out of a moving vehicle to dance in the street.”
That’s the first sentence from a recently released statement from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The agency is addressing safety concerns after motorists across the nation are taking part in the #InMyFeelings challenge.
The challenge involves drivers getting out of their moving vehicles, while the vehicle is in neutral, and dancing to the Drake song “In My Feelings” and posting a video on social media.
The agency also says, “Driver distraction features prominently in this viral challenge, but the more obvious risk is the poor decision to hop out of a moving vehicle to dance.”
“Driver distraction has been a target of our Most Wanted List(MWL) for years, and just taking a video while driving invites tragedy. Thousands die, and hundreds of thousands are injured in distraction-related crashes every year. This specific trend is too recent—and, with any luck, will be too short-lived—for us to learn something new by investigating any crashes, injuries, or fatalities it may cause. However, the unnecessary risks inherent in the challenge should not simply be overlooked.”
Motor vehicle crashes take more than 37,000 American lives each year, according to NTSB data.
— carolina? (@caarolin9) July 15, 2018
— Barbara Kopylova (@baabsxx) July 15, 2018
We have some thoughts about the #InMyFeelings challenge. #Distraction in any mode is dangerous & can be deadly. Whether you are a #driver, #pilot, or #operator, focus on safely operating your vehicle. Read more on this #NTSBmwl issue: https://t.co/b9D0IwNemV #MWLMonday https://t.co/vt6oFTbDsj
— NTSB (@NTSB) July 23, 2018