New York DMV warns drivers to stop taking selfies behind the wheel

Posted at 7:14 PM, Aug 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 19:14:36-04
Man using selfie stick to record neighbor

Don’t selfie and drive, DMV says. (ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Drivers who want to snap a shot of themselves behind the wheel are out of luck.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles issued a warning to drivers Monday: don’t selfie and drive. New Yorkers are among the most likely people across the country to strike a pose in the driver’s seat, according to an Auto Insurance Center study.

“Smartphones can provide nearly limitless entertainment, but activities like taking selfies while driving are just irresponsible,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan. “Whether it’s answering a short text, making a quick phone call, taking a photo, or catching Pokemon, it’s never a good idea to be distracted while driving. Keep your eyes on the road and put the phone down – it can wait!”

New York drivers are in the top 10 offenders list for posting pictures to Instagram tagged #drivingselfies, according to the study. There are 1.29 posts per 100,000 residents. Nearly 40 percent of drivers on smartphones are using social media apps.

Though New York is one of only 14 states that bans drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving, it’s still an issue. Less than a month ago, the DMV warned drivers about the dangers of playing Pokemon Go while behind the wheel.

A car traveling at t 60 miles per hour will drove the length of two basketball courts in the two seconds it takes to snap a selfie, according to the AAA.

The DMV is also worried about drivers endangering themselves – and others – by recording video while behind the wheel.