Inigo S. Roces / | July 30, 2018 10:26
State Agencies issue warnings and penalties for those caught
Transportation authorities around the globe are now issuing warnings over latest viral dance challenge sweeping social media, the #InMyFeelings or #KikiDoYouLoveMeChallenge.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the US has called the dance craze a “distraction” and urges drivers and passengers to stay inside moving vehicles.
“We have some thoughts about the #InMyFeelings challenge. #DistractedDriving in any mode is dangerous & can be deadly. Whether you are a #driver, #pilot, or #operator, focus on safely operating your vehicle,” said the NTSB on its Twitter account.
Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi Justice Department is not going easy on individuals that take on the challenge. The agency has already issued three arrest orders on social media influencers that have participated in the challenge.
In a statement it issued, the agency is looking to arrest the influencers "…on charges of endangering the lives of others... orders the seizure and bringing to justice of three social networking celebrities for doing the kiki dance challenge.”
Motorists caught taking part in the challenge could face up to Dh2,000 in fines, 23 black points on their license, and car confiscation.
Egypt, on the other hand, has issued an all-out ban on the activity. Anyone caught taking part in the challenge will be fined 100-300 Egyptian pounds.
The dance challenge involves participants stepping out of a moving vehicle and dancing to the song, “In My Feelings,” by Drake. The dance moves were first popularized by American Influencer, Shiggy, on his YouTube channel, Shiggy Show. Though Shiggy’s video only shows him dancing on a street, participants have quickly upped the ante by doing the moves while stepping out of a moving vehicle and then jumping back in.
The viral challenge has been taken up by a large number of influencers and individuals, some with unfortunate results, such as being locked out of their moving vehicle, or suffering injuries.