Don't drive and selfie - Communications Minister

APRIL 30, 2016

As the long weekend kicks off, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has warned motorists that “the charm of taking selfies while driving may not only get you many ‘likes’ on social media, but can also lead to death”.

Long weekends are notoriously busy periods on the country's roads, where thousands of motorists will be travelling to various destinations. 

“We know that alcohol and speeding are some of the major factors leading to fatal crashes on our roads … I am deeply concern about this trend of #Drivingselfie usually by young motorists.

“This is not an attempt to control young people on how they can use their smartphones but we want them to understand that taking selfies while driving brings danger to the roads,” she said.

Minister Muthambi appealed to law enforcement officers to use the full extent of the law on those they catch taking photos or texting while driving.

“Selfies while driving are becoming more popular and causing major distraction to drivers. We are saying to our motorists, taking a selfie while driving is deadly so please don’t do it. As a caring government, we don’t want this trend to result in fatal accidents on our roads.

“As government, we love all of you and this country will never be the same without you. So before you embark on those trips, always remember that taking a selfie can end your life ... Selfies behind the wheel are a danger not only to you but also to other motorists,” she said.

The Minister said selfies should be about enjoying and celebrating life, and not dangerous moments that can lead to death and injury.

“We are raising this issue because we don’t want you to make headlines after crashing your vehicles while attempting to take a selfie ... Taking a selfie while driving is one of the [most foolish] things not to be done on our roads. 

“Our plea is that all of us must use our roads with care and always observe the rules of the road,” she said.

- SAnews.gov.za