A 17-year-old female driver crashed into another vehicle in Utah in the US while driving blindfolded as part of the 'Bird Box challenge'.
Layton Police Department shared images of two badly damaged vehicles on Twitter citing that the collision was the “predictable result” of the challenge.
Based on the recent Netflix film, Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock, the challenge involves people wearing a blindfold while attempting everyday tasks. After the challenge went viral on social media last week, Netflix posted a message urging people to be careful and not attempt the challenge.
“Honestly, I’m almost embarrassed to have to say ‘Don’t drive with your eyes covered’, but you know apparently we do have to say that,” Travis Lyman of the Layton police told media. “The stakes are just so high and it’s just such a potentially dangerous thing as it is: to try and do it in that way is inexcusable. It really puts everybody at risk.” The 17-year-old driver, her 16-year-old male co-passenger and passengers in the other car escaped without serious injuries, according to reports.
In Bird Box, directed by Susanne Bier, Sandra Bullock plays a mother who wears a blindfold to keep herself from making eye contact with mysterious forces that push you to kill yourself. As the film opens, we see Bullock blindfold two little children and warning them to not open their eyes if they wanted to stay alive. The film goes on to shows blindfolded Bullock row down a turbulent river with the children. The fans of the film took on the #BirdBoxChallenge, performing everyday tasks blindfolded, sharing videos of the same on social media. Some of the videos even have blindfolded children in seemingly dangerous situations.
This is inspiration gone the wrong way.