Over the last several months, we have received numerous phone calls from students and young adults that have been injured in vehicular accidents due to the use of Snapchat. The Snapchat Speed Filter overlays the speed at which someone is traveling for all their friends to see. We have learned that it has become a challenge for young drivers to get the speed filter over 100 mph. This is extremely dangerous and is behavior that most be adjusted.
The only way we are going to see driving behaviors adjusted is to have the Snapchat Speed filter removed. This is what the speed filter looks like:
As you can clearly see, Snapchat offers users an opportunity to post how fast they are moving. Also note that Snapchat will change the MPH to KMH for those that are not driving in the United States.
In 2016, Snapchat has added a “Do Not Snap and Drive” text to the Snapchat filter when someone is moving at a high rate of speed. While this is a start at changing behavior, we all know why Snapchat users will use this filter on the app.
Some may argue that passengers are using this filter much more than drivers. Even though this is the case, it still encourages drivers that are alone to use the app while driving. It is our goal to help curb this behavior. If you have a friend, brother or sister that uses Snapchat while driving, always make it a point to tell them to not text and drive or Snap and drive. If you tell them this every time they try to contact you it will encourage them to not do it again.
If you know someone that has been hurt because of a Snapchat car accident please comment below with your story and we will document it. The more awareness we raise the more likely Snapchat will take action and will remove the Speed filter from their highly successful app.