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New distraction taking drivers' attention from the road

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A new distraction behind the wheel has many drivers not paying attention to the road, and the consequences are turning deadly in a flash.

 You can find them all over the Internet, thousands of photos of people taking pictures of themselves while driving behind the wheel.

"This is a growing problem," said Doug Shupe, spokesperson for AAA Texas, "Distracted driving is a problem all across the country."

 Shupe says the organization is warning drivers to stop the distractive behavior.

"It seems like common sense, but especially for younger drivers, inexperienced drivers who may be new to the road, it's an important reminder because it is an extremely dangerous distracted driving practice."

 While the number of people taking selfies behind the wheel hasn't been released, it's estimated that more than 650,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving during daylight hours.

"Your number one priority when behind the wheel should be focusing on the road ahead. Wait to take that photo and video until you are parked safely," said Shupe.

In 2011, 385 people died in crashes in which at least one driver was using a cell phone.

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