A California teenage driver caused a fatal car accident when she lost control of her car while she was livestreaming on Instagram. While driving, the 18-year-old driver recorded part of the crash that authorities say killed her younger sister in California, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
During the livestream, the driver is videotaped rapping to music as she drove with her little sister (15-years-old) and another 12-year-old in the car. The video then depicts the driver losing control of the vehicle and veering onto the shoulder of the road. After a gap in the livestream, the driver is seen leaning over the body of the girl, trying to shake her awake and saying she was sorry. The driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter for the fatal car accident.
Does livestreaming on Instagram while driving violate Florida’s texting and driving law? Arguably, it does not. Under Florida Statute 316.305, it is against the law for a driver to “operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device or while sending or reading data on such a device for the purpose of nonvoice interpersonal communication, including, but not limited to, communication methods known as texting, e-mailing, and instant messaging.” This is one reason why I think Florida’s law regarding texting and driving fails to protect others from a fatal car accident.
Don’t videotape yourself while driving. If the driver is doing it, take their phone away. Drive and ride safely and watch out for those who don’t.
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