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Let's all take photos while we drive!

Discussion in 'The Pub' at netrider.net.au started by Fa1c0n, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. Pushing the selfie-destruct button



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    November 7, 2013 - 3:36PM
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    A driver eating a hot pocket and taking a selfie. Photo: Twitter
    Drivers have been urged not to participate in a staggering new social media trend – people photographing themselves while driving.
    The driving "selfies", which are then posted on social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram, are a dangerous distraction, Elizabeth Waller, the Transport Accident Commission road safety major projects manager, has warned.
    Millions of users have posted brazen photographs of themselves behind the wheel on photograph-sharing site Instagram, using hashtags including #drivingselfie and #Ihopeidontcrash.
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    Road users have been warned not to take 'selfies' while driving. Photo: Twitter
    Photographs have also been posted on Twitter, including one woman eating a hot snack while driving and another travelling with her young child in the rear seat.
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    "While we don't have any evidence of Australian drivers participating in this very dangerous pastime, it is worrying that young drivers overseas appear to be putting themselves and other road users at risk and there is a concern that it could catch on here," Ms Waller said.
    In the United States, Toyota has created an advertisement made up of Instragram filtered images of a road accident with the message "don't shoot and drive" in response to the trend.
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    One Twitter user posted a selfie of her driving with her young child. Photo: Twitter
    Under Victorian road rules, using a mobile phone while driving except to make and receive phone calls or to use audio or music functions is banned. A Victoria Police spokesman said taking a selfie while driving could result in a driver being charged with failing to have a clear view of the road or of momentarily losing control of the vehicle. More seriously, if the driver was involved in a collision they could face charges including careless driving and any photographs could be used as evidence against them.
    A distracted driver posing in front of a phone could easily hit a pedestrian, the spokesman said.
    "That's the ultimate price somebody's going to pay," he said.
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    It is illegal to take photographs with your phone while driving. Photo: Twitter
    Ms Waller said research showed that a driver who took their eyes off the road for just two seconds at 50 km/h would be travelling blind for 27 metres.
    "We have already seen a number of young Victorians tragically lose their lives as a result of using their phones while driving and yet our research shows the message still hasn't sunk in for an unacceptable number of young drivers who continue to ignore the risks," she said.
    One Twitter user even had the audacity to combine the trends of selfies at funerals with driving selfies, posting a picture of herself driving after attending a funeral.


    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/pushing-the-selfiedestruct-button-20131107-2x3ha.html#ixzz2jw1m7DW2
     
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  2. Did you see on the news the Semi drive in the states that was too busy looking at 'provocative' photo's on facebook and run over 3 cop cars.
     
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  3. Oh my god... I did not.
     
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  4. I'm surprised someone hasn't posted it up yet. I can't because youtube etc are blocked here.
     
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  5. Oh look, photographic evidence that you've committed a crime!

    Almost as daft as being in a gang & wearing something on your back that states you're in a gang :ROFLMAO:
     
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  6. :p
     
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