Michigan State Police (MSP) are trying a new tactic — public shaming — to call out drivers who put themselves and others at risk by filming accident scenes while they are behind the wheel. On the morning of Wednesday, January 23, a semi truck temporarily shut down westbound I-96 in Detroit after it flipped. No serious injuries were reported. Later that morning, a motorist shared video with Michigan authorities of the semi truck accident site via Twitter. In the short video clip, you can see the car driver filming the accident aftermath through his cracked driver’s side window.
MSP did not take kindly to the car driver filming the flipped truck and lashed out at him publicly on Twitter. MSP tweeted the following: So when I talk about Junior Reporters, gawkers, distracted drivers and bad drivers that are willing to risk my life, your life, emergency workers, tow truck drivers lives this is exactly the person we are talking about. Someone needs to get their head out of their app and drive. This marks the second time this month that MSP has used social media to shame rubberneckers for the danger that they pose on the roadway.