Shiggy may not have anticipated danger would crop up when he spurred the viral “In My Feelings Challenge” weeks ago, but federal officials say climbing out of a moving car for the sake of joining Drake‘s craze is “foolish.”
“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,” Nicholas Worrell, Chief of Safety Advocacy at the National Transportation Safety Board, told The Blast Monday, July 23. “There’s a time and place for everything, but our nation’s highways and roadways are no place for the #inmyfeelings challenge.”
After Worrell spoke to the outlet about the challenge, the National Transportation Safety Board tweeted linking to information about the dangers of getting out of an accelerating vehicle.
“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,” the NTSB tweeted.
It linked to the website for an article on eliminating distractions, telling readers that “distraction kills.”
The NTSB speaking out follows several young people began videoing themselves in cars as Drake croons, “Kiki, do you love me? Are you riding? Say you’ll never ever leave from beside me. ‘Cause I want ya, and I need ya. And I’m down for you always.”
The trend seemed to begin after singer Danileigh taped herself getting out of a stopped car to do Shiggy’s dance to the song, as the vehicle slowly rolls alongside her, catching her moves on camera. But thrill-seeking participants began opening the door of a moving car and then falling out, failing to do the dance altogether.
Meanwhile, celebrities have gotten in on the trend, mostly preferring to stick to just doing the dance, like Sterling K. Brown and “This Is Us” co-star Susan Kelechi Watson did on set. Among the most extravagant takes, Will Smith climbed to the top of a bridge in Budapest.