It has 9.7 million views on TikTok, but not everyone’s a fan.
Dylan Kjos thought his TikTok video would have a couple thousand plays.
With 9.7 million views and counting, boy was he wrong.
The 10-second clip of his friends playing Uno while waiting at a Cape Coral intersection went viral hours after he posted it Jan. 23 on the popular social video platform. Checking in a week after its posting, the video has 1.3 million hearts, more than 6,500 comments and over 54,000 shares on TikTok.
‘Bruh that looks like Del Prado’ Viral TikTok shows 3 guys playing Uno in Cape Coral traffic
“My phone’s been blowing up like crazy. I’ve been hearing stuff from all over the country,” Kjos, 21, said by phone. “Within two hours of the video, it went up to 1 million views, and then within four or six hours, we were above 6 million views.
“We maybe expected 2,000 people to see it,” he added, “and then when it just kept climbing, we were all freaking out about it.”
Kjos — whose user name is @driftydilly — posted the video with the caption, “Florida back at it with the long lights,” with hashtags and tags: #redlightchallenge #florida #redlight #floridaredlight #fyp #foryou #foryoupage @paxten @rs3laz @angeliandrew
His TikTok clip spawned several duets — where a user posts their video next to the original. Reactions to his video have been mixed. On Facebook, the clip has almost 200,000 views, with 57,000 views coming from the “Only in Lee” Facebook page.
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Appearing in the video are Kjos’ friends, fellow Ida S. Baker High grads Paxten Sester and Laz Reyes and Andrew Angeli, who graduated from Mariner High School. Among the thousands of comments on the TikTok video, many viewers refer to the trio playing cards at Del Prado Boulevard and Pine Island Road as the Jonas Brothers.
Other comments mention a young boy watching the game from the back seat of the car in front of the card players. Some wanted to know who won the game (no one).
However, not everyone is giving the video a green light.
A check in the comments shows an overwhelming positive response, but many reprimand or lambast Kjos and his friends over road safety concerns.
Local police had a say, too.
On its website, the Cape Coral Police Department referenced Kjos’ video in its “Traffic Tuesday: Pedestrians obstructing traffic” and chastised the method to become “viral.”
“During the winter months we all know our roadways are very congested by visitors, part time residents and full time residents,” the Traffic Tuesday post states. “There are vehicle and pedestrian violations that cause serious injury and fatal traffic crashes. By now most people have seen the TikTok video of the three males playing UNO in the left turn lane of Del Prado Boulevard at the intersection of Pine Island Road. While this may be amusing to some, this is very dangerous and illegal. The three men in the video could have been injured by an inattentive driver or hit by a vehicle when the traffic signal turned green. ‘Going Viral’ has become a cultural norm and it can put people in danger and lead to injuries.
“Each of these men could have received pedestrian citations for their actions. Aside from the citations, this kind of ‘look at me’ behavior causes other people to create other ‘viral’ situations, which can put others at risk. If your goal is to become famous from a funny video, we ask that you do it somewhere other than the roadway, where you are putting yourself and others in danger.”
None of them were fined by Cape Coral police, and Kjos often responds to comments on social posts and news articles that mention his video.
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Why this intersection?
Kjos, a diesel mechanic for the Lee County School District, chose the now famous intersection because of its familiarity.
“We travel Del Prado and Pine Island a lot, and that’s always our hot spot where we travel through to each other’s houses,” he said. “We know it’s a super long light every time we go anywhere.”
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He maintains safety was a big factor when taping the TikTok video, and he said he and his friends planned the process before trying it out.
“We had a big truck, watching the mirrors and making sure those involved in the video were safe,” he said.
The foursome also studied the timing of the light change.
“We thought we had to rush it,” he explained. “They were sitting out by the card table for about 45 seconds to a minute, and then they got back in the truck, and we sat there for another minute and a half before the light changed.”
What this does for Cape Coral
Though the video pokes fun at Cape Coral traffic, Kjos beams with hometown pride.
“On the video, we’ve been seeing a lot of people from Cape Coral talking about it, ‘Oh, you’re making my town famous,’ and everybody’s relating to it. Hearing the positive notes on it, it’s awesome,” he said.
Top comments on the video include:
• “Bro, those lights are no joke. I missed my kid’s 6th and 7th birthday sitting at one light.”
• “One time I met a girl at a red light. We got rly close then she broke my heart. All before the light turned green.”
This is the first time Kjos and his friends have gone viral, and he insists he’ll post more “funny, entertaining” videos on TikTok, despite the strong reaction from critics.
“After this?” he said, “Absolutely.”
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