Blindfolded Utah teen driver crashes while doing 'Bird Box' Challenge, police say

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  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 4:23 p.m.

    Wow, maybe I can drive again as that I am blind myself. All I have to do is use my travel cane and stick it out of the car window. No, I won't do that but maybe pretty soon self driving car or Google car will be available would be great. But my wife doesn't trust this technology just yet. Kids and including adults, just don't do this stupid challenge please.

  • Flat foot , 00
    Jan. 12, 2019 5:57 a.m.

    Why do some people feel compelled to copy anything they see in some lame movie?

    It's a movie - not life!

    Sometimes as evidenced here, a movie and life do not mix. Grow up - use your brains and don't think you have to live like a movie - good grief!

  • Itseemstome Springville, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 6:50 p.m.

    Both the driver AND the passenger should have their licenses revoked.

    Thank goodness no one was injured.

  • clasiklmuzikbiz Tulsa, OK
    Jan. 11, 2019 5:48 p.m.

    What has happened to common sense? Do you have to have to crash a car to realize how utterly stupid that is? Revoke anyone's license that does this, or is dumb enough to text and drive. Geez!!!!

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    Jan. 11, 2019 3:12 p.m.

    There are 2 types of 16 year old drivers. Those that crash and those that will crash.

    Raise the age to 18. My older 16 year old drivers struggled more with maturity than driving skills. Since then I have had my others wait to 17 1/2 to 18+ and they have done 100% better.

    Now add this "Blind" challenge to the mix and it has disaster written all over it.

    She needs to take 2-3 years off with out a license (I like the bus idea) and then have extensive drivers ed. Then and only then have someone certify her that she is mature enough to drive.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Jan. 11, 2019 2:33 p.m.

    Perhaps this young lady should be introduced to a municipal bus system as her primary mode of transportation.

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 2:18 p.m.

    JapanCougar, this teenager wasn't short-sighted; she was blind.

  • dpal Provo, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 1:53 p.m.

    This is another example of how teenagers have the physical ability to do just about anything but don't have the mental ability to foresee possible results of current actions. Very lucky no one died as a result.

  • ConradGurch Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 11, 2019 1:33 p.m.

    Some folks will do anything just for a "like" I seriously hope the judgement involves a suspended license for several years.

    Look at what happens from an insurance perspective.
    1. The other passenger could be seriously injured.
    2. Here come the hospital bills & pain meds
    3. Payment of deductable to get car fixed. (It's never the same once they fix it)
    4. Everyone's insurance rates go up

    I'm sure i'm leaving stuff out but this is so dumb on so many levels. Can't wait to see what the penalty will be

  • Mind Baggage Bentonville, AR
    Jan. 11, 2019 1:27 p.m.

    Talk about stupid. Even the actors in the movie didn't attempt blindfolded driving. In the movie, they painted the windows black and used their GPS to navigate. They also drove like 5 miles per hour and their car had proximity sensors to alert them if they got too close to an obstacle.

    Honestly, not sure what we should ban here: social media? teenage drivers? scary movies? stupidity?

  • Aggielove Caldwell, ID
    Jan. 11, 2019 1:13 p.m.

    Pull the movie

  • DavidMiller American Fork, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 12:56 p.m.

    I'm not generally one to advocate any particular punishment for criminal behavior reported in the news but I'll make an exception here. Anyone who would attempt to drive while blindfolded should have their drivers license revoked and probably be required to pass the written and driving tests before getting it back.

    If my daughter were to pull a stunt like this I would take her license for at least 6 months and go through the lessons in the driver training manual that you get with a learners permit before she could have it back - and that is assuming that she didn't cause any kind of accident.

  • Jim Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 11, 2019 12:55 p.m.

    I don't know if this was a bird box challenge or a bird brain challenge. We all do stupid things from time to time, the real challenge in life is based on the two bags that we get in life, one which says experience and the other luck. The challenge is to fill the bag full of experience before we run out of luck. That is the reason we have old people. They have have succeeded in fill the bag of experience, without running out of luck

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 12:48 p.m.

    Move the driving age to 18. Let 16 & 17 year olds drive with a parent or adult over 25 who is then somewhat liable, accountable, and responsible for them. Don’t want to be liable, resposible or accountable for the 16 or 17 year old, then they already know that they should not be driving.

  • Johnny Triumph Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 12:29 p.m.

    We all do stupid things, give this girl a break. However, don't give her a break for lying to police.

  • Templar Manti, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 11:41 a.m.

    This irresponsible behavior show a complete lack of judgement and disregard for human life. She should be required to perform hundreds of hours of community service and lose her driving privileges for 5 years. There have to be consequences to change behavior.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 11:42 a.m.

    While the previous articles about this "Bird Box" Challenge I have advocated for people to do things while blind folded, or with their eyes closed; I guess it must needs be said:

    Don't Be Stupid!

    Come on, there are things that just don't make sense to do blind. There is a reason blind persons cannot get a driver's license. No one should be driving blind (even with a spotter); that is just totally irresponsible.

    However, it is not particularly dangerous to navigate your house (avoiding obstacles) while blind. It is not dangerous to put on makeup while you are blind.

    It would be dangerous to use a stove while blind (without the training a blind person would have); but it is fun (although a bit wasteful) to mix foods--like preparing cookie dough from scratch--while blind; and eating while blind is a blast--although flavor is affected by sight.

    If out of the home, when blind should be walking with a spotter who can intervene and keep one from walking in front of a moving vehicle; or running into another pedestrian. A passenger in a car might be blind; and have fun trying to figure out where they are at. Etc.

    Just don't be stupid!

  • Rob Ford Orem, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 11:40 a.m.

    I am a proponent of moving the legal driving age to 18. Too many 16 and 17 year olds have terrible judgement. I and practically everyone I knew at 16-17 took crazy risks behind the wheel. It is a miracle that my friends and I never hurt anyone at that age while driving. I will frankly admit that I shouldn't have been driving. What the girl in this story did is above and beyond typical teenage driver stupidity. She shouldn't have a license.

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 11:23 a.m.

    I thought the Tide Pod eating challenge was stupid. This has even that beat in stupidity.

    It gets worse and worse.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 11:19 a.m.

    What did they think what was going to happen? Kid should have his driver's license revoked for a year. And I thought eating Tide pods was about as stupid as they could get.

  • JapanCougar Layton, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 11:15 a.m.

    I think we need to improve and beef up our driver's education requirements in the US. Having lived in several other countries, our requirements are pretty simple in comparison. A better educated driver would help many of our traffic issues.

    Not sure it would have helped in this situation, though. Teenagers can certainly be short sighted.