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Reckless driving in New York is, unfortunately, very frequent today. More and more drivers are showing carelessness that result in horrible accidents. Reckless driving leads to serious injuries and at times, even demise. This thoughtless behavior endangers themselves, others on the roads and pedestrians walking nearby.

Nowhere is this more apparent than a recent news report about drivers taking self-portraits or “selfies” while driving. These selfies are the latest trend on social media sites, such as Twitter and Instagram. Drivers are actually taking their eyes off the road and taking pictures of themselves with their electronic devices. The drivers then post the photos within seconds on social media sites. According to experts, it also takes a few seconds for a catastrophe to happen.

Experts have cautioned that taking selfies is hazardous and could even be fatal, perhaps resulting in a bad car accident. A spokesman from the AAA said that it is plainly not safe if a person takes a photo of themselves while driving. It is a harmful distraction when the driver should be focusing on the road.

Reports noted that this trend is happening more often and the reasons for it vary. People could simply be bored or want attention. People who do this might defend themselves by explaining that they only take a photo when the car is stopped. They may perhaps be sitting in traffic and have nothing else to do. Experts added even if you are stuck in traffic or at a red light, the second the car moves and you’re holding a phone or tablet, you could be breaking the law.

Under New York State law a driver cannot use a hand-held mobile device to send an email or a text while driving. If you use a cellphone while you drive, except to call 911 or to contact fire, medical or police personnel about an emergency, you can receive a traffic ticket and have to pay a fine.

Any activity that takes a person’s attention away from the primary job of driving can be considered distracted driving. If a driver focuses attention on another activity, the driver’s reaction time is considerably decreased, which increases the likelihood of an automobile accident.

Source: 
newyork.cbslocal.com, “Experts Warn Practice Of Taking ‘Driving Selfie’ Photos Is Dangerous” No author is given, Nov. 06, 2013

By: Andrew Levine

Andrew J. Levine is co-owner at Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm, P.C. in New York, NY. A graduate of Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. For 15 years he has been widely trusted and respected as a formidable attorney but acknowledged as a reasonable and ethical collaborator who impresses clients, judges and jurors alike. Andrew has been featured in New York Magazine as one of New York’s “Top Personal Injury Litigators” and recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York.” View all posts by Andrew Levine

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