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Nevada #2 in dangerous #drivingselfie trend

Posted at 7:09 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 09:07:31-04
Las Vegas is famous for its sights, sounds and attractions. But what happens in Vegas isn't staying in Vegas.
Dangerously snapped selfies are becoming a problem.
A recent study by the Auto Insurance Center says Nevada ranks on top of the list when it comes to states that take the most driving selfies. In fact, the Silver State ranks No. 2 on the list. You can bet a lot of those people are in Las Vegas.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), at any given moment during daylight in the U.S., 660,000 people are using handheld cell phones while they drive. 
These drivers may be talking, texting or playing games. But one disturbing trend takes phone use a step further: Taking photos and uploading them on social media, all while operating a vehicle.
We were not hard pressed to find many who would deny it.
Even though Las Vegas has banned cell phones behind the wheel, photos posted on Instagram with hashtags such as #drivingselfies, #drivingphotos and #hopeIdontcrash are going viral.
It may only take a few seconds to snap a selfie, but Las Vegas police says a few seconds can make the difference between life and death.
To find out more about the study and what other states are in the Top 10, click here.