Reality Star Kendall Jenner Slammed for Posting Video of Distracted Driving to Instagram
Model, reality star, and member of the Kardashian family Kendall Jenner has been slammed for promoting and taking part in distracted driving after she posted an Instagram video of her and a friend belting an Avril Lavigne song in heavy Los Angeles traffic.
The video shows Jenner, 18, and friend Ashley Skye, 23, screaming Lavigne’s “Sk8r Boi,” looking at one another, and attempting dance moves in their seat – while Jenner clearly does not pay attention to the road.
“Death by distraction is real, and no star or her family should set an example that will likely kill people!” People Against Distracted Driving president Mike Kellenyi tells FOX411. “Kendall’s driving behavior is every parents nightmare.”
Kellenyi became involved in anti-distracted driving organizations after his daughter was killed in a car accident for texting and driving – one of the leading causes of death and car accidents involving young people.
A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that distracted driving is just as deadly as drunk driving. Statistics from 2010, the latest year with available data, showed that 17% of the economic cost of traffic accidents came from distracted driving, particularly texting and driving; in contrast, drunk driving had an 18% economic burden, while speeding was the costliest at 21% of the economic cost of all traffic accidents. Distracted driving accidents can be prevented.
“Two-thirds of teen passenger deaths happen in a car driven by another teenager,” Kelly K. Browning, Executive Director for Impact Teen Driving, said. “Whether as a driver or passenger all occupants play a role in keeping our roads safe. Far too often as in the (Kendall Jenner) video, passengers become an additional distraction.”
“If I were advising Jenner, I would think that the morally responsible thing to do would be to do some sort of outreach to say its a mistake, and its not how people should be driving, and driving is dangerous, and I wasn’t demonstrating safe behavior, and I promise to do better in the future,” said Jason Epstein, attorney and creator of TADD (Teens Against Distracted Driving).
Jenner herself has not yet commented on the distracted driving controversy, nor has she faced any charges from law enforcement.
Distracted Driving in South Carolina
Distracted driving includes:
- talking on a cell phone
- eating and drinking
- talking to passengers
- grooming or putting on makeup
- reading books, newspapers, or even a map
- using a PDA or navigation system
- watching a video or playing on a computer or tablet
- playing with the radio, a CD or an iPod
It’s a common occurrence to see distracted drivers cruising down South Carolina roads and interstates. Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, the effects of distracted driving can lead to an accident, resulting in life altering and even deadly consequences.
The Strom Law Firm Helps Those Injured by Distracted Drivers
If you have been injured by a distracted driver, the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. will fight for fair compensation for your injuries. Our South Carolina car accident lawyers are prepared to fight for compensation in the courtroom and will defend your right to compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, your pain and suffering, and, in the event of a fatal car accident, even wrongful death. Our attorneys offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your personal injury case for distracted driving, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.