ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 9 (UPI) — The New York Department of Motor Vehicles is pleading with the state’s drivers to temper their vanity and refrain from taking selfies behind the wheel.
The DMV, in a joint announcement with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, said the state was found to be among the top ten states for drivers who post the highest number of selfies taken behind the wheel.
“Smartphones can provide nearly limitless entertainment, but activities like taking selfies while driving are just irresponsible,” DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan said. “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 is among 14 states that ban drivers from using handheld phones while driving. The state DMV issued a warning last month to drivers about the dangers of playing Pokemon Go behind the wheel.