For Chrissake, Stop Texting And Driving Because A Sinkhole Could Swallow Your Ass Whole

Walking around New York City, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians engrossed in their phones with naught a care in the world as to what may lay in their path. If they’re lucky, they make it through the day unscathed. If they’re like this scooter rider in China, then they could find themselves falling into a sinkhole.

It’s not clear what caused this sinkhole to open up in the road at the beginning of the video, but does appear that the man riding the scooter was looking at his phone as he drove himself straight into it, according to NPR. From the story:

The Chinese broadcaster CGTN caught the moment on surveillance footage last week and posted it Sunday on YouTube, where the British newspaper The Guardian also took notice. CGTN says authorities haven’t figured out yet what caused the road’s collapse.


Thankfully, the driver wasn’t hurt. But I think it’s safe to say that he walked away from this incident having learned a new lesson.

(h/t to Mark!)

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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I just spent last week driving 2200 miles on America’s great interstate system. I’m pretty sure >30% of the people out there are texting while driving. It’s maddening.