An Idaho beauty pageant queen thought it was simple multi-tasking — but her fans took her to task when they saw the video she posted online over the weekend.
Charity Majors, who is the current Mrs. Idaho, took down a video that she showed her driving while videotaping herself. It appears from the video that her phone was on the dashboard. She posted this on her Facebook page Monday:
“Taking a negative experience and turning it into a learning lesson that can be used for good: I’m bringing awareness to the importance of paying attention while driving. I have been guilty of using my phone while driving and so in an effort to be more careful about this issue, I’m continuing to personally grow as a person (because I’m definitely not perfect...none of us are), as well as spread a positive message.”
With that note, she posted this link to an article out of Maine about a man who crashed into a tree while taking a “selfie,” injuring multiple people in his vehicle.
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KBOI-Channel 2 reported on the brouhaha over Majors’ video Monday. In the video, Majors was soliciting donations silent auction items from businesses to help fund her trip to the Mrs. America Pageant.
At the start of the video, she says:
“I’m totally driving and recording ... recording this right now,” Majors said in the video. “It might be illegal but I’m multitasking. I’m just going to call it that.”
Majors told KBOI that she can seen now “that definitely would not be the right message to send.”
The National Safety Council says drivers are four time more likely to crash when using a cellphone while driving.
It appears Americans may be getting the message that it’s safer to hang up and drive.
In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers — a 6.7 percent decrease from 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
But the number of people injured went up. About 424,000 people were injured, which is an increase from the 421,000 people who were injured in 2012.
AT&T is trying to encourage drivers to focus on driving while in their vehicles with its “It Can Wait” campaign. The company is promoting an app that silences message alerts and auto-replies when you’re driving. More than 7 million people have taken a pledge to keep their eyes on the road, not their phone, while driving.
This tweet contains the video that Majors made.