A few days ago I was flipping through my Instagram, and one of the people I follow was sitting in the drivers seat, dancing along to the music on the radio, and talking to the camera. In the background you can see trees whizzing by as he drives on the highway.
Sometimes I wonder if I'm the only one who is bothered by this. We all know that texting and driving is bad, but when we see someone on Instagram talking to the camera or dancing, we say nothing. We laugh, we listen, but for some reason, we don't see the danger of someone laughing into a camera while their eyes are off the road for extended amounts of time.
Last year, two teenage girls in the Ukraine were killed live on Instagram while they were livestreaming a joyride together. The two are seen by all their friends dancing, laughing and having a great time. The pair lost control of the car, veered off the road and hit a lamppost head on, killing both girls. Not only did their friends witness them die, but the livestream continued, with their followers now listening to the bodies being discovered and taken to the hospital.
This is preventable.
It's so hard to read stories like this, because when we read them we optimistically think we'd be the ones to stop. We'd be the ones who tell them it's unsafe. We'd be the ones who lovingly tell them to change their ways.
The opposite is happening, it's getting worse. We all share the roads, and we all follow each other on social media. Lets all work together to solve this. It's not hard to lovingly tell someone that you care about them so much that you don't want to see them get hurt.
As for me, I decided to take a step and reach out to one person I've seen do this many times and his response was "I'll try to be better". Let's not try to be better, let's be better.