10/23/2015 // 1-800 Car Wreck Fort Worth // (press release)
Fort Worth car wreck lawyer says a recent video that surfaced of a woman professing to be drunk while driving brings to attention two major driving safety concerns that affect people nationwide.
A woman was arrested recently after confessing on social media that she was driving while under the influence of alcohol. Witherite Law Group Fort Worth personal injury attorney Amy Witherite says the nationally reported incident brings to light two major safety issues that put many at risk each year.
Media reports say a video was released by the Lakeland, Florida Police Department, featuring the driver telling her followers on the social media app Periscope that she was drunk while in operation of her vehicle. The woman at some point can be heard even saying that she was not paying attention to her driving.
Source AP Report “’I'm so drunk,’ driver says on social media before arrest”
“LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — "I'm so drunk," a Florida driver repeatedly tells followers on the social media app Periscope, staring at her cellphone's camera, mounted on the dashboard, before she is arrested and charged with driving under the influence… Parked at a red light, she told her followers to send her any messages and expressed surprise when she saw 57 people were following her. She said one follower told her to keep her eyes on the road.”
The 23-year-old woman was subsequently tracked and found by police and arrested after failing to take a field sobriety test and refusing a breath test.
Social Media and Driving Under the Influence
Fort Worth attorney Witherite says that the recent incident can be used as a case study to explore two major driving safety concerns that affect people nationwide: social media use while driving and drunk driving. While transportation safety advocates have long fought to raise awareness about the risks associated with driving while intoxicated to reduce a relatively high number of related accident injuries and deaths annually, there has been less significant researched focus on the problems of social media use as a dangerous driving influence.
Says Witherite “modern technological advancements have ushered in a wave of new driving safety concerns. Many younger drivers engage in not only the dangerous practice of texting while driving, but now getting on social media while driving as these become more readily usable on mobile devices.”
Witherite says the problem has become more widespread than people realize because the statistics are not yet available to provide supporting evidence of just how big the issue has become, calling it “a dangerous driving distraction that is unfortunately still hidden under the radar.”
Fortunately, no one was injured in the recent incident involving the 23-year-old driver; however, the Fort Worth lawyer says that drivers should be cognizant of the many dangers that can pose harm to themselves as well as others while on the road. Says Witherite “never is there a good reason to get on social media while driving or choosing to get behind the wheel after consuming any amount of alcohol.”
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