Three young women in their early twenties were in a fatal car accident on December 20, 2015 in Philadelphia.
Their car plunged into a tractor-trailer filled with herbicide, which caused the truck and car to burst into flames.
How did the young lady driving the car lose control to the point it would crash like that? Well, they were “Snapping”. This is a popular pastime with youngsters that gives them bragging rights for how fast they can go. Apparently, there is a feature on Snapchat that records how fast you are driving and young adults use it to encourage them to speed, Snapping their speed.
As a result of an investigation by Action News, the driver posted several Snapchats throughout the night, and the family believes the last one before the accident was how fast they were driving, about 73 miles per hour.
To snap your speed, Action News reports that “users can record video from inside the app; one filter records speed”. Snapchat certainly doesn’t condone people to snap and drive, they even warn drivers not to snap and drive. A warning pops up the first time someone uses the MPH feature.
Undoubtedly, this is a very dangerous activity and one would think it is obvious, but this is another fad that serves as a popularity contest. I am hoping that this story will bring awareness to how this is not a smart thing to do. We all know that tomorrow is not promised, but please do not just take it from yourself.
Don’t Snapchat and drive.