A recent study by Auto Insurance Center, which monitored five years of Instagram posts, found a massive spike in the usage of driving-related hashtags, like these: #drivingselfie, #selfiewhiledriving, #hopeidontcrash, #ihopeidontcrash, #drivingtowork, #drivinghome, and #drivingtoschool. The study showed an 80% increase in driving posts from 2014 to 2015, and this year, drivers have already posted more than half of 2015's total.
I shouldn't have to state the obvious, but I will, for clarity's sake: using your phone behind the wheel is wildly dangerous (it's banned in 14 states). It's a huge factor in distracted driving, which kills over eight people and injures over 1,000, per day, in the US. Taking a selfie, filtering it, captioning it, and posting it on Instagram while simultaneously operating a 4,000lb piece of machinery is a practice that we -- the royal we, meaning society, but also Instagram as a company -- shouldn't be condoning.