Lindsay Lohan’s first tweet since going to jail on July 20th warns that paparazzi shouldn’t be allowed to take pictures or video while someone is driving or at a light. She has a point, and it is something she’s no stranger to.
Just over two years ago, the paparazzi chasing Princess Diana’s car on August 31, 1997 were found to be negligent in her death. While her driver, Henri Paul, was also negligent, for drunk driving, this is just one example of how utterly unsafe it is for paparazzi to be chasing after celebrities while they’re in a vehicle.
In October of 2009, Brad Pitt, Nicole Richie, and Lindsay Lohan were all involved in accidents that were the fault of the paparazzi. More recently, Robert Pattinson may have struck another vehicle because he was distracted by paparazzi. While Richie and Lohan each suffered injuries, these celebs are definitely lucky their run-ins with the paps didn’t turn out worse.
Celebrities aren’t the only ones who are put into danger when trying to hunt down a celebrity in a car, something Lindsay Lohan should also know something about. In January 2010, a BMW that she was a passenger in hit a paparazzo. In that incident, the photographer suffered an injured arm and leg.
People love their celebrity gossip, but it is utterly unsafe for paparazzi to chase down celebrities while they’re in a moving vehicle. It’s not just unsafe for the celebrity, the paparazzi, or their passengers. What about innocent bystanders? People walking in the street, or driving in other vehicles, who become subject to chases between paparazzi and celebrities? I don’t want to get into the debate that is paparazzi just trying to do their job because this is a safety issue. Something should be done to prevent this from happening. It’s not enough to find someone at fault after an incident between a celebrity, a photog, and a moving vehicle – the last thing anybody wants is another Princess Diana incident.
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