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Worrisome Videotaping at the Wheel

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Many truck drivers appear to have a habit of videotaping with their cell phones while driving and then sharing the videos with other drivers, RÚV reports.

The videos show speeding, reckless passing of other vehicles, and driving under difficult conditions. Ágúst Mogensen, chief investigator of traffic accidents, calls the behavior “totally illegal” and “an abnormal attitude.”

The TV news program Kastljós has lately collected such videos from Facebook pages and from a special Snapchat account used by the drivers. In many instances, the drivers point the camera at themselves and answer questions from other drivers while driving. The use of cell phones while driving is illegal in Iceland.

The use of cell phones in traffic is known to have caused fatal accidents in Iceland, RÚV reports, and has played a large part in a number of serious car accidents.

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