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Taking selfies while behind the wheel can be deadly

There is no question that distracted driving can lead to deadly car accidents. In 2017 alone, accidents involving distracted driving killed 3,166 and thousands others were injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite New York state laws which prohibit motorists from using their hand-held cell phones while driving, people continue to text and drive. Some continue to take it a step further by taking selfies while driving and then posting them on social media sites. This practice is extremely dangerous, as it involves all three forms of distracted driving.

Drivers who take selfies while behind the wheel must take their hands off the steering wheel and eyes off the road for a significant period of time in order to snap the perfect pic. Furthermore, when taking pics and posting selfies, drivers' focus is not on the road, but on the immediate task at hand. Surprisingly enough, a number of people engage in this hazardous behavior, increasing the risk of a catastrophic accident.

A search on Instagram of posts under #drivingselfie brings about 3,727 finds, and #drivingselfies shows more than 1,800. An alarming 9,700 posts are found under #drivingtowork. Other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, show similar results. Furthermore, drivers are not the only ones posting selfies under dangerous circumstances. Boaters and even pilots have posted pics of them in the act of operating equipment. Officials reiterate that the safest method is to avoid using all electronic devices while behind the wheel. Motorists should keep their eyes on the road, hands on the steering wheel and concentration driving. 

 

 

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