Snapping a selfie: Dangerous driving distraction

By Jillian Marshall

November 16, 2013 Updated Nov 16, 2013 at 12:49 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Some drivers eat in their cars, others focus on music. But in the past few years, cell phones have added new and dangerous distractions to the road, like the new trend, taking a 'selfie.'

Taking pictures of yourself, or selfies, has become a hot trend.

AAA spokesman Michael Green said taking a selfie can be more dangerous than texting while driving because it takes your mind, eyes and focus off the road.

"We would highly discourage the commuting public, the operators of the motor vehicle, from taking self portraits while they're driving," said Capt. Fred Akshar of the Broome County Sheriff's Office.

On the popular social networking site Instagram, there are more than 3,900 posts with the hashtag #drivingselfie.

Authorities say texting and snapping pictures behind the wheel is most common in young adults.

Some Binghamton University students are trying to stop the dangerous trend by urging their peers to put their phones away.

"Very dangerous, you should never distract yourself while driving," said sophomore Jaree Vinson, from Brooklyn.

AAA says taking your eyes off the road for two seconds, doubles the risk of getting into a car crash.

"We take distracted driving just as serious as we do seat belt violations and driving under the influence," Akshar said.

WBNG has an Eyes Forward campaign. To pledge to keep your eyes forward and on the road, click here.

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