It should probably go without saying, but now someone has to say it: jumping out of a moving car to show off your hot-shot moves as part of the Drake “In My Feelings” challenge is dangerous and dumb. There, we said it.
Actually, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it in a statement to The Blast after the flood of videos showing fans doing their routines in traffic outside of ghost driving cars.
“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the U.S. Hopping out of a moving vehicle or jumping into lanes of traffic to show your dance moves is foolish and dangerous — to you and those around you,” NTSB chief of safety advocacy reportedly told the site. “There’s a time and place for everything, but our nation’s highways and roadways are no place for the #inmyfeelings challenge.”
We have some thoughts about the #InMyFeelings challenge. #Distraction in any mode is dangerous & can be deadly. Whether you are a #driver, #pilot, or #operator, focus on safely operating your vehicle. Read more on this #NTSBmwl issue: https://t.co/b9D0IwNemV #MWLMonday https://t.co/vt6oFTbDsj
— NTSB (@NTSB) July 23, 2018
Since social media star Shiggy launched the dance craze in June, fans all over the world have been doing the routine everywhere and anywhere, including right outside their slow-rolling vehicles…and sometimes, it has not gone well. Billboard recently chronicled the many challenge fails, which show the danger the NTSB is talking about.
— carolina– (@caarolin9) July 15, 2018
— Barbara Kopylova (@baabsxx) July 15, 2018
— arii (@arianataylorr) July 11, 2018
Though Shiggy launched the challenge by doing the dance on a city street, he recently reminded folks to keep it out of traffic in Instagram post where he wrote, “#DoTheShiggy #InMyFeelingsChallenge is not about getting out of a moving car!”
— TheShiggyShow (@theshiggster) July 7, 2018
The challenge could also land you behind bars. In Abu Dhabi, three social media stars were arrested after officials said their dancing “endangered lives, offended public morals and violated the traffic law,” while police in Spain are warning that anyone jumping out of a car to do the Shiggy could face criminal charges. Finally, Egyptian police have warned that anyone disrupting traffic could get a year in prison and a $167 fine.