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Officials warn of dangerous driving trend among teens

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We have all seen the public service announcements that show the dangers of talking on the phone and even texting while driving, but there is something even more reckless that is trending among teenagers.

Teens are posting what are called "selfies" on Instagram, pictures they've taken of themselves, many times while driving. In some of the pictures, you can see both hands are not on the wheel.

Channel 4 did a search and found more than 3 million postings on Instagram that show teens who have taken pictures of themselves while driving. Some of the hashtags on the photos say #livingdangerously.

Here in Tennessee, more than 840 people have been killed on our roads so far this year, and while there are no numbers that show if drivers were killed while posting pictures of themselves, distracted driving is to blame for many of the fatal crashes.

Sixty-five teen drivers have been killed on Tennessee roads this year alone.

Officials are asking you to have a conversation with your teen driver about how dangerous this new craze is.

"Distracted driving can lead to a fatality, either it being yourself or somebody else on the road. It's very important being a safe driver that you're not only looking out for yourself but you're looking out for other Tennesseans on the roadway. Teens need to understand that driving is a privilege; it's not an entitlement," said Megan Buell with the Governor's Highway Safety Office.

The National Safety Council says Tennessee has some of the most distracted drivers in the country. In a report earlier this summer, the council found that more than 10 percent of all deadly crashes in our state involved the use of a cellphone, which is 10 times the national average.

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