Texting and driving has become an epidemic. Statistics are quickly proving this is even more dangerous and prevalent than driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs. The amount of people consciously making the decision to text, Facebook, tweet and check email while driving is skyrocketing even with the known risks. There are approximately 1.6 million car accidents per year due to texting while driving. 11 teens are killed daily from this and roughly 25% of car accidents today are related to texting and driving.
We have to find a way to stop this and get people to realize that no text, email, tweet or Facebook post is worth injury or death to themselves and others. We all have seen the numerous commercials on television and the stories on the news but just like those for smoking people still choose to do what they please, no matter what risks to themselves and others are proven. The media goes on to portray this a a problem mainly with teen drivers but that is really not the case at all. Plenty of grown adults are just as guilty of this, if not even more so. The amount of business people checking emails morning, noon and night no matter where they are and what they are doing is only growing as we rely more on our phones for constant communication and contact.
One of the great things about technology today is that the same tool we use to create this problem can also be used to prevent it. With accidents, injury and death on the rise, several cellular phone carrier and application development companies have created services and apps that can be subscribed too and downloaded to stop people from being able to utilize certain cell phone features while operating a motor vehicle. Yes our smartphones really are that smart!
A few good apps to try are:
- DRIVECAM – www.drivecam.com – This monitors drivers and will report what caused a crash if they are involved with one so it will be easier to see what are the main causes of accidents.
- TxtBlocker – www.txtblocker.com – You are given the ability to setup “no cell zones” so you can make sure certain areas no texting will be possible in.
- Canary – www.thecanaryproject.com – This particular app does not stop bad behavior but it will send an alert to whomever is monitoring when someone does something unsafe with their phone while driving.
- CellControl – www.cellcontrol.com – Great application that allows parents to set phones (through blue-tooth and cars equipped with blue-tooth) to work in certain cars only. So they can turn off all social media, email and texts in cars to prevent unsafe actions.
You can also contact your service provider to see what they offer. Safe and smart travels!