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AAA: "Selfies" While Driving Are Dangerous Distractions

Taking "selfies" while driving is a dangerous distraction and AAA says it's a growing trend.
PORTLAND, Maine - Taking "selfies" while driving is a dangerous distraction and AAA says it's a growing trend.

According to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) , approximately 660,00 drivers use their cell phones or electronic devices while driving during daylight hours. 

“The only thing you should be doing while driving is focusing on the road ahead.  Taking pictures or video takes your focus off the road,” said AAA Northern New England manager of public affairs and traffic safety Pat Moody.  “Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on our highways killing over 3,000 people annually. Put your camera phone down and wait until you arrive at a safe destination.  Don’t let a driving selfie or video be the last photo you ever take.”

This chart outlines the inattention comparison of someone taking a 2 second photo, 6 second video, or 15 second video at 60 MPH. 

 

Total feet

Basketball courts

Soccer fields

Football fields

2 sec. photo

176

1.9

0.59

0.49

6 sec. video

528

5.6

1.76

1.5

15 sec. video

1,320

14

4.4

3.7














The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says females were twice as likely as males to be using an electronic device while driving. 

AAA is reminding drivers to avoid distracted driving. 
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