Posted at: 12/09/2013 5:58 PM
By: Brianna Long
Selfies while Driving is New Dangerous Trend
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Driving around the area was tough Monday morning with icy roads, it makes it especially important to pay attention to the roads. But that doesn't always happen with all the distractions in the car. There's been a big push to curb texting while driving lately. But with all the capabilities of smart phones, texting isn't the only thing law enforcement officials are worried about.
Taking a selfie, or picture of yourself, on your smartphone is pretty easy. But its doing that behind the wheel that, police say, can be downright dangerous.
"I think just knowing you have a message sitting there and you don't know what it says," said college student Ashley Galuska.
That seems to be the main reason teens and young adults I spoke with say, it's hard to keep the phones down while they're driving.
"As much as I hate to admit, I have. I think most people my age have at least once," said Karissa Anderson, another college student.
But with evolving technology, its not just texting that's got law enforcement worried.
"The use of cell phones and the technology is great but the place for it is outside of driving a vehicle," said Sgt. Jon Turk with the Rochester Police Department.
Ever heard of the term selfie? Well now, that's another thing keeping people's eyes off the road, and on their phones.
"You're driving. You shouldn't be snapchatting. There's no time for a selfie. I don't understand how they do it. Just like oh, hold on," said college student Derning Huang.
"I see it all the time and I'm like, you shouldn't be texting and having your phone out and driving," said Jessica Laber.
Selfies are all over social media. I searched #drivingselfies on twitter, and there were plenty of tweeters showing off their driving selves. Including a tweet, which also hashtagged "reckless teens" and "lol".
"It's not a joke. If you're in control of a 2 1/2 ton vehicle, you probably should be paying attention because you can kill somebody," said Huang.
Law enforcement officials agree, and remind everyone that the selfies can wait, but driving can't.
"If you're looking down, typing out a message of whatever it is, you're not watching what's going on around you, and things can change very quickly in traffic," said Sgt. Turk.
When I was talking to college students Monday about selfies and driving, a big response I got was that they wait until a stop light or stop sign. But police officers say that is still taking your attention away from traffic, and can still be dangerous.