A man in Maine sent two friends to the hospital after he crashed his car while trying to take a selfie over the weekend.
The world is a distracting place. No matter where you are or what you're doing, there are any number of things designed specifically to draw your attention elsewhere. It's true when you're driving, too, which is why automakers like BMW have crafted technologies like lane departure warning.
Surprise, surprise. The National Safety Council just released a report saying that all cell phone use while driving – even hands-free – is potentially dangerous and "risky behavior." The study includes some pretty scary figures, including this one: At any time, 11 percent of drivers on the road are on their phones at the same time. Even worse, the NSC estimates that one out of every four automobile accidents occur because the at-fault driver was on the phone. The NSC combed over and
Plenty of our commenters have had something to say about people driving while using their cellphones, and now it looks like the issue has gotten so big it's not being left to legislators to decide where it goes. A group called Focus Driven has been created to increase public awareness of the dangers of driving and using cell phones, and to support the victims of accidents blamed on distracted driving.