Driver who crashed while blindfolded was participating in ‘Bird Box Challenge’

Posted January 12, 2019

Videos of people trying to do things while blindfolded have attracted widespread attention online, and Netflix tweeted a warning about the challenge last week.

Netflix original movie Bird Box inspired a Layton, Utah driver to operate a vehicle while blindfolded, resulting in an accident the Layton Police Department deemed a "predictable result", CBS News reports.

A blindfolded teenage driver in Utah crashed into another auto for obvious reasons on Monday, according to the Layton Police Department. "This happened on Monday as a result of the driver covering her eyes while driving on Layton Parkway".

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Have you seen Bird Box? For what it's worth, Car & Driver attempted to accurately replicate that bit on a closed course and found it impossible.

"Honestly I'm nearly embarrassed to have to say "Don't drive with your eyes covered" but you know apparently we do have to say that", Lyman said.

"Bird Box" is a recently released Netflix drama featuring Sandra Bullock where a woman and her children live in an apocalyptic world that requires them to cover their eyes to avoid evil in order to escape. Driving is one of the most inherently unsafe things we do, and this kind of willful disregard for the safety of others should be grounds for an immediate and long-lasting suspension, just like a DUI.

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Authorities are asking the city attorney to charge the teen girl with misdemeanor reckless driving, the Standard-Examiner reported. "It really puts everybody at risk".

The social media challenge has gone viral, prompting Netflix to issue a warning to viewers on Twitter.

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