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New Trend In Distracted Driving

We've all heard the dangers of distracted driving but now a new trend is taking over social media. Teens are taking pictures of themselves– dubbed selfies- while driving, then posting them on the web.
BURLINGTON, Vt.- We've all heard the dangers of distracted driving but now a new trend is taking over social media.
Teens are taking pictures of themselves– dubbed selfies- while driving, then posting them on the web.
 “It’s crazy that they are not focused on the road and they are focused on taking a picture of themselves,” said Bailey Nolin, a sophomore at Milton High School.
Students from Milton heard about the dangers of distracted driving at a seminar at Fletcher Allen.
While texting and driving was the focus there's a new trend hitting social networks- taking 'selfies' while behind the wheel. Just a quick search turned up hundreds of those pictures all over the internet.
“I've seen it basically everywhere. On Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,” said Curtis Richardson, a junior at Milton High School.
While we can't say if the photos are of local teens it is a trend that has some people worried.
“Unfortunately I think we are going to keep seeing more and more until more laws are made to stop this from happening,” said Jennifer Gratton, a Trauma Program Manager at Fletcher Allen.
Gratton says one way to help prevent distracted driving is to show people how dangerous it really is.
 A turn in a driving simulator gives real-life distractions including a chatty passenger.
Any distraction can cause a crash even looking away for a split second to snap a picture.
 “I think it’s more dangerous because you have to wait for the camera app to up load and depending on who you are you might not get the picture you want so you keep doing it,” said Richardson.
 The outcome of this lesson -get rid of the distraction altogether.
 “I put it away, completely. I don't even have it with me,” said Nolin.
There are a lot of apps out there that can answer a text for you.
The app called 'Drive Reply' knows when you are moving more than 15 miles per hour and automatically replies to texts letting people know you are driving.
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