Driving while blindfolded is such an extremely dangerous idea that Netflix themselves had to tweet out a warning recently, pleading their followers to not attempt the so-called Bird Box Challenge.
While there weren’t any reported incidents as of last week when the challenge first went viral, a 17-year old girl in Layton, Utah changed all that, crashing her car into another vehicle while wearing a blindfold. Fortunately, nobody was injured, aside from the grey pickup and the white Honda HR-V.
Even though most of these challenges posted on social media haven’t been too dangerous, some do carry a lot more risk than others. CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas reported that, so far, one woman nearly burned herself on a heater, a boy crashed into furniture multiple times on his tricycle, and a blindfolded toddler slammed into a wall.
This incident however was clearly much more dangerous. To make matters worse, according to Lt. Travis Lyman of the Layton Police Department, the 17-year old female driver wasn’t alone in the car at the time of the accident, as she was accompanied by another teen.
Layton PD sent out the following tweet after the crash, together with images of the cars: “Bird Box Challenge while driving… predictable result. This happened on Monday as a result of the driver covering her eyes while driving on Layton Parkway. Luckily no injuries.”
On that same note, we’d just like to reiterate that such stupid behavior while behind the wheel of a car means you’re putting yourself and others in immediate peril, and it’s possible that you’ll hurt yourself or someone else. Also, that’s not even how things were done in the movie. During Bird Box’s food and supply run scene, the characters sprayed the windows on the car black and used GPS and parking sensors to slowly navigate the streets. Plus, the driver was not blindfolded.
But this is a movie, for crying out loud! Attempting such a stunt in real life comes with very real consequences and shouldn’t even cross your mind. It’s common sense – or else you shouldn’t have a driving license.
Bird Box Challenge while driving…predictable result. This happened on Monday as a result of the driver covering her eyes while driving on Layton Parkway. Luckily no injuries. pic.twitter.com/4DvYzrmDA2