Don’t stream up your drive...

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - S Farah Rizvi

Streaming live videos of one­self is now easy with avail­able apps on smart phones. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less, from en­abling friends and rel­a­tives across the world to wit­ness all you want to share.

But this fad is be­com­ing dan­ger­ous be­cause ev­ery­one wants their 15 min­utes of fame, live streaming is in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar to­day. With mil­lions of live streams hap­pen­ing all around, un­for­tu­nately the num­ber of young­sters us­ing it while driv­ing is in­creas­ing.

A 20-year-old en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent was killed in a road ac­ci­dent in Chinch­wad area on early Sun­day morn­ing, the alarm­ing part is that he was live on In­sta­gram sec­onds be­fore the ac­ci­dent took place, po­lice of­fi­cials said.

His cousin, who was in the pas­sen­ger’s seat, was broadcasting the drive on so­cial net­work when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened. The video shows the young­ster smil­ing and the car’s speedome­ter dis­play­ing the ve­hi­cle speed­ing at above 120km per hour. The young driver is seen not wear­ing a seat belt.

In a frac­tion of a sec­ond, the car hit a light post and crashed into a sup­port­ing con­crete pole built on the di­vider in­side the grade sep­a­ra­tor lo­cated in Mor­wadi, Chinch­wad. The front of the car got com­pletely dam­aged, killing the driver in­stantly and crit­i­cally in­jur­ing his 18-year-old cousin.

The dis­trac­tions – be it tired­ness, drink­ing, eat­ing or smok­ing – can be dan­ger­ous but streaming while driv­ing is the worst of them all. Tech­ni­cally, it is a crim­i­nal of­fence to use mo­bile phone while driv­ing. Laws pre­vent op­er­a­tion of a mo­bile phone be it mak­ing or re­ceiv­ing a phone call, or us­ing it for nav­i­ga­tion but young­sters pay little heed to it. An­other is­sue with th­ese apps is that they have the fa­cil­i­tiy for peo­ple to com­ment on the stream and for the streamer to re­spond to those com­ments, which is yet an­other dis­trac­tion.

We spoke to a few young­sters about the is­sue.


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