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DMV hopes to steer young motorists away from taking selfies while driving

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The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles has joined with several other states across the US in issuing a warning to teens about the perils of a growing trend involving taking selfies while driving.

“This is an extremely dangerous behavior and should never happen,” said DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey. “For the few seconds it takes to snap a photo, it could be the last photo they take of themselves or friends if a crash happens.”

“While it may seem like fun, taking pictures while driving a 3,000 pound "weapon" can endanger not only the lives of teen drivers but passengers, pedestrians and other innocent people added Pina Violano, Injury Prevention coordinator at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital,

Connecticut State law currently bans texting, as well as using video game players and DVD players for all drivers. While adult drivers over the age of 18 are permitted to use hands-free devices while conversing on cell phones, minors 16 & 17-years old are forbidden to using wireless phones or other mobile electronic device while driving (with or without hands-free devices) electronics while driving. In addition, it is against the law for school bus drivers to use cell phones while transporting passengers.

Offenders not only face still fines, they risk having their licenses suspended. Similar penalties are now imposed in other states as well. For more information, readers need to contact their local DMV.

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