Selfies with a splash of serious safety issues

Yahoo News

Talk of distracted driving has largely been centered on talking on the phone or texting. Now, taking selfies while behind the wheel is joining the list.

According to a report from the Huffington Post, the number of people taking self-portraits while speeding down the road has exploded.

"There are over 3 million posts on Instagram tagged with '#driving,' nearly 50,000 with '#drivinghome,' over 9,000 tagged '#drivingtowork' and more than 3,500 tagged '#drivingselfie,'" reads the report.

It's been a big week for inappropriate selfies. The Selfies at a Funeral Tumblr garnered wide attention this week. Women's Health followed up on Thursday with a slide of eight places you shouldn't be taking photos of yourself. No. 1 on their list? A funeral. Taking selfies behind the wheel came in at sixth on their list.

According to Distraction.gov, the official government website for distracted driving, 3,331 people were killed in crashes that involved distracted drivers in 2011, while 387,000 people were injured. Not surprisingly, among drivers under the age of 20 who were involved in fatal crashes, 11 percent were "distracted." And of the 15- to 19-year-olds in fatal crashes, 21 percent were using cell phones.

Famed director Werner Herzog addressed the impact of distracted driving with a 30-minute documentary released in August. The short film, titled "From One Second to the Next," was done in collaboration with AT&T and has been viewed more than 2.2 million times. If you need any more reasons why taking selfies while driving is a bad idea, you need only watch the first couple minutes of Herzog's work.

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