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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Can Technology Help Parents End Distracted Driving?

Worried about your teen’s distracted driving?  There’s an app for that. 

 

Distracted driving is one of the top three reasons car accident fatalities were on the rise in Georgia last year.  As personal injury attorneys south of Atlanta, we know a proactive approach to accident prevention is the best way to keep loved ones safe on our roads.  We’re among the developers, parents and safety advocates interested in how technology can be amongst the solutions to this alarming problem.   

 

A recent article in the Washington Post describes a new technology designed to block calls and texts while the Apple or Android phone is in a moving car.  The cost for the Cellcontrol technology tested by the Washington Post is determine per the number of cars, starting at $129 for one car and allowing for discounts for additional cars and no monthly service charges.   The tester reported that he was convinced the technology could affect drivers’ behavior. 

 

Parents who want a tech-based solution but balk at that price tag may try one of the free apps available, which offer functions such as disabling the phone’s keypad when a car is in motion.  Offerings and capabilities vary by phone manufacturer and carrier.  Some apps also send email alerts to parents if someone attempts to use the phone while the car is in motion.  Sprint has been at the forefront of offering free and inexpensive services designed to prevent distracted driving by switching the phone to “drive mode” once it has reached the speed on 10 mph.

 

Parents and caregivers not comfortable with installing these types of apps and other technology designed to modify behavior can rely on traditional methods to promote safe driving.  Research shows that leading by example is also a powerful way parents can prevent distracted driving, although according to a recent survey 60 percent of parents text while driving with kids in the car.

 

If you have been injured by a distracted driver and need help with your claim, contact experienced personal injury law attorney John Webb today via email at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call us at 770-389-4864 for a free consultation. 

 

 

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