Driving Selfies: The New Face of Distracted Driving

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Photo sharing websites like Instagram and Twitter are full of driving selfies of motorists at the wheel, and thousands of these photographs have been tagged “#driving selfie” and variations on both of these websites.

Gone are the days when California law enforcement officers only had to worry about people using their cellphones to have conversations or texting while driving. These days, motorists use cell phones for a wide variety of purposes.  One of the more worrying of these is the practice of using cell phones to take selfies, or photographs of themselves while driving.

Photo sharing websites like Instagram and Twitter are full of driving selfies of motorists at the wheel, and thousands of these photographs have been tagged “#driving selfie” and variations on both of these websites. Even though taking a picture with your own cell phone camera takes much less time than texting while driving or having a conversation on a cell phone, in many ways, taking a selfie at the wheel is much more distracting. For one thing, your attention is entirely on your camera and perfecting your pose or pout. For another, at least one hand is off your steering wheel.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there is no way to know exactly what kind of accident risk we’re talking about here. Selfies are a relatively new phenomenon, and in 2013, the word has actually made its way into the Oxford Dictionaries. A selfie is one’s own photograph that is taken on a smart phone, and usually posted on social media websites like Facebook or Twitter. Any kind of cell phone use increases the risk of an accident, but car accident lawyers do not know how many accidents every year are caused by motorists taking selfies while driving.

There is no denying the fact that this is an extremely irresponsible practice. Avoid taking photographs of yourself while driving, and if you’re driving in a car operated by a motorist who is  taking selfies, stop him from doing so.

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