Kim Kizyma
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Vlogging while driving

I watch a ton of YouTube...I mean a lot of videos. And they are the most random videos, too. One thing that's always bothered me about most vloggers is that they vlog while they are driving. The worst is when they do it with their kids in the car behind them.

When their kids are old enough to learn how to drive, is it fine if they start driving while holding a camera and talking to it instead of just driving sans camera? There are so many distractions to drivers already, and I'm certainly a victim to them as well.

Finding the right song or playlist for a long commute...taking a call, even with it on speakerphone is distracting. How is holding a camera up to your face and driving simultaneously safe?

In January, a mother in Oregon who filmed her child while driving struck three teens on a crosswalk. While they thankfully all survived, they all sustained broken bones and injuries according to KGW News. She struck the teenagers less than one and half seconds after the video ended. She is now being charged with three counts of Assault III, five counts of reckless endangerment and one count of reckless driving, according to KOIN 6.

This is not just a problem in America. United Kingdom Police have recently admonished famous vlogger Zoella, real name Zoe Sugg, for her video “Pug Party!”, in which she takes her eyes off the road at least six times while driving. Metropolitan Police told Now magazine: “She could have killed someone. How can anyone who has their eyes off the road for that amount of time be in complete control of a vehicle?”
— https://www.enddd.org/distracted-driving-updates/vlogging-just-another-unnecessary-distraction/

To an extent, it reminds me of the girl who was driving drunk with her brother in the car and streaming live on Instagram while doing it, and ended up killing her brother. So sad.

kk