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Drive Safe Mode Prevents Smartphone Users from Texting While Driving

Locks screen when it determines user is in motion

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Drive Safe Mode Prevents Smartphone Users from Texting While Driving
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No matter how many times you tell people not to, they just keep texting while driving. Every single day, I see people tapping away at various devices while they’re at a red light, only to continue this activity once their vehicle is in motion. All of this gadget-related silliness makes me a nervous wreck on the road, as I feel I have to constantly keep my eyes peeled for drivers who simply aren’t paying any attention to the world around them.

The latest app to attempt to correct this ongoing problem is Drive Safe Mode, a program that goes to great lengths to prevent drivers from using their smart phones to text, email, or do anything dangerous while behind the wheel of a moving automobile. The application uses GPS technology to determine your car’s rate of travel. Once you reach a certain speed, your phone immediately shuts down. In fact, the only thing it will allow you to do while driving is make emergency phone calls. Sounds like a very good idea to me.

Texting while driving statistics are downright frightening. According to a HealthDay poll from last year, nearly 37% of the 2,800 adults surveyed admitted to sending and/or receiving text messages during their vehicular adventures. Even more frightening is the fact that 86% claimed to be either eating or drinking something while behind the wheel of their car. All of this crazy information makes me want to utilize public transportation in the worst way.

Several states have passed anti-texting laws, which is supposed to frighten careless drivers into shaping up and flying straight. The activity has become so prevalent that it actually has its own Wikipedia page.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so if you know someone who is beyond guilty of the sending people messages when they should be piloting their vehicle with both eyes on the road, perhaps it’s time you addressed the issue. If all else fails, consider Drive Safe Mode. It could mean the difference between life and death.

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Drive Safe Mode Prevents Smartphone Users from Texting While Driving
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  • http://www.freeminutescall.com Ainy

    Texting is not more important than your life :)

  • http://www.OTTERapp.com Erik Wood

    The majority of smartphone users do not want their hardware locked down or monitored. I think real change on this issue is going to come from the end user – the delivery man, the car pooling mom, or the teen driver deciding to change their habits. From truckers to moms to teens that I spoke with on the issue of text and drive – there was one common thread. If presented with a Big Brother type lock down alternative, they will immediately seek “to get around it”. This does not constitute change on our highways. Selling expensive software with recurring fees that is supposed to lock down the activity forgets that it is the end user (the driver) who will ultimately decide. Let’s change behavior and we will see those violent crash rates plummet…now.

    I decided to do something about distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user, I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple and intuitive GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. While driving, OTTER silences those distracting call ringtones and chimes unless a bluetooth is enabled. The texting auto reply allows anyone to schedule a ‘texting blackout period’ in any situation like a meeting or a lecture without feeling disconnected. This inexpensive app can empower this same individual behind the wheel to be a sustainably safer driver.

    Erik Wood, Founder
    OTTER app
    do one thing well… be great.