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Selfies cause major distraction for drivers

Although many drivers are guilty of using their cellphones to text, type, search the internet and compose emails while behind the wheel, a number of motorists are taking it one step further. Driving selfies, or self-portraits taken by people who should be navigating the road, are not uncommon as people scroll through popular social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. In fact, it is rather common to see selfies of people who are stopped at traffic lights and stop signs. Scarier yet are those that are taken as vehicles are traveling at high rates of speed.

When drivers use their cellphones to take pictures of themselves, they are forced to take their eyes off the road and remove at least one hand from the steering wheel. Their attention is diverted away from the road and directed toward their cellphone as they pull up an app, set the camera and position themselves in the perfect pose for a picture. Once the selfie is snapped, they then continue to comment on the picture and post it onto their site. All of this is done while navigating through traffic, putting everyone’s’ lives in danger.

In addition to selfies, drivers may shoot videos, talk with others on video chat and even use applications that chart how fast they are going at the time the picture is taken. These dangerous behaviors are not limited to drivers, but are carried out by pilots, boaters, motorcyclists and bicyclists as well. This supports the idea that people simply cannot stop using their cellphones, even when their full attention should be on the road. 

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