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Risky driving behaviors rise with temperatures

Posted: 6:47 PM, May 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-17 10:48:54-04

COLORADO – A video shared by a News5 viewers shows a frightening scene as a young man hangs out a car window as the vehicle speeds down a residential street. Maile Gray with Drive Smart Colorado says it is troubling and an example of a larger issue.
“This is a time of year where people start engaging in behavior that is not always the smartest behavior on the roads.”

The person who shot the footage wasn’t sure if the person hanging out of the car was in danger or the person behind the wheel was in danger. In the end, the man simply lowered himself out of the car when it came to a stop at an intersection and walked away.

Other dangerous and deadly behaviors more common during warmer months include car surfing, street racing, and grabbing cars for a tow while on a skateboard or bicycle.

“Those automobiles are lethal weapons and in a blink of an eye your entire life can change,” said Gray.

She says this is more than perceived danger, there are many local incidents where people have died. She shared the story of Colorado Springs friends who lost someone as he tried car surfing.

Just as dangerous as the people engaging in the activity seen in the video, the person shooting the video is also taking an uncessary risk by trying to keep up with the car as it speeds through a neighborhood.

In the blink of an eye, the driver could miss a child running into the road or another car backing out, all because they are distracted on the road.