A week after quitting the internet, Zoella has returned with an unexpected video that sets a 'bad example' to her millions of fans
She spectacularly quit the internet last week to clear her ‘clouded brain’ after a backlash when it emerged her debut novel Girl Online had been ghostwritten.
After seven days, Queen of YouTube Zoella, aka Zoe Sugg, has returned to the web with another upload.
We couldn’t be more thrilled about this.
Sadly though, the video titled ‘Pug Party!’ has got her into more trouble by angering the police and road safety campaigners.
Zoe has shocked fans by vlogging from behind the wheel of her convertible Mini Cooper, while driving down a busy main street.
During the short clip, which occurs 6 minutes and 50 seconds into the video, the 24-year-old star is seen taking her eyes off the road six times over 17 seconds to address her audience directly.
At one point she also removes both hands from the steering wheel while the vehicle is still in motion.
Now spoke to a senior source in the Metropolitan Police who watched her video and branded it ‘reckless’, saying: ‘She could have killed someone. How can anyone who has their eyes off the road for that amount of time be in complete control of a vehicle? It’s clearly a main road with plenty of people about. Anyone could have run out in the middle of the road and she wouldn’t have seen them or had enough time to stop. This is completely irresponsible behaviour.’
And the video has also infuriated road safety campaigners who fear she’s setting a bad example to her many fans.
Operations manager Phil Henty of the Sussex Safer Roads organisation in association with Sussex Police says: ‘In response to the YouTube clip I would like to remind all drivers that distraction is a significant cause in road collisions and injuries particularly with young drivers and passengers.
‘In the video it is clear that proper attention to the primary task of safe driving is being compromised and I would urge all drivers and their passengers to consider the consequences of their actions not only to themselves but all road users.’
Sarah-Jane Martin, spokesperson for Brake, the road safety charity, says about the clip: ‘Driver distraction is one of the most common causes of road crashes. It would be good to see those in the public eye setting a good example by concentrating on their driving.’
Road safety manager Nick Lloyd for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) adds: ‘In 2012, 71 people were killed and almost 500 seriously injured in crashes involving in-vehicle distractions.
‘Taking pictures and filming oneself when driving will significantly distract the driver, putting them and other road users at significant risk, as well as the possible legal consequences resulting from their actions.
‘It’s worth remembering that at 30mph the vehicle will travel at 45 feet per second, and take at least 23 metres to stop. Give driving your full attention.’
Filmed by fellow YouTuber and boyfriend Alfie Deyes whose voice is present throughout, the video has so far been viewed more than 600,000 times since it was uploaded on Sunday night.
We’ve been a huge fan of her videos for a while now, but with over 6 million subscribers, should role model Zoella be more responsible with what she uploads?
Zoella’s spokesperson says: ‘Zoe is an extremely careful and conscientious driver. At the time of filming she was in mostly stationary traffic. She takes road safety very seriously and would never do anything deliberately to counteract this.’