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AAA reminds drivers of the dangers of taking selfie photos while driving

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Selfie photos have gotten a lot of attention lately.

The term used to describe a self-portrait often taken with a smartphone is the Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year. They've become so popular that AAA is reminding people how dangerous it can be to take a selfie while driving.

"The number one activity that should be occurring while you are behind the wheel is driving," said Clay Ingram, AAA Alabama Spokesperson. "Hundreds of thousands of people are injured each year as a result of distracted driving and these injuries and deaths are preventable. Put the camera down and wait until you arrive at a safe destination. Don't let that driving selfie or video be the last photo you ever take."

Ingram says that in 2011, 12 percent of distraction-related crashes involved someone in the vehicle using a smartphone.

To clarify how dangerous using a smartphone for any reason is, AAA says that a driver who takes 2 second to take a photo traveling at 60 mph has their eyes off the road for nearly 200 feet.

Erika Gonzalez will have more on this new distracted driving trend at 9.

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