Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Jul 26, 2016 in Car Accident News
Distracted driving has reached a new level with many drivers across the country, especially in Nevada. The state ranks second in the U.S. for the most selfies while driving, with many taken on the iconic Las Vegas strip.
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Many who snap the photos are not shy about sharing them on social media, often using hashtags such as #drivingselfie, #drivingtowork or #IhopeIdontcrash. Though it is often unclear if such photos were taken while the vehicle was in motion or if it had come to a stop, safety advocates say the practice can be dangerous either way.
Any time a driver takes their attention away from the task of driving, whether to check a text or to snap a selfie, they are placing both themselves and everyone else on the road in grave danger by increasing the risk of a serious auto accident.
Driver distraction contributes to more than 3,300 fatalities each year and is a factor in 12 percent of fatal accidents involving teenagers. Young adults and teens are the groups most likely to post selfies while driving.
Although local and state governments, law enforcement, and safety advocates have placed a great emphasis on raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving in recent years, few have specifically addressed taking selfies while driving.
Nevada law enforcement takes distracted driving seriously by pulling over and issuing citations to any drivers seen using their cellphone while behind the wheel. It is against the law to use your phone while driving in the state.