Currently distracted driving applications for smart phones are all the rage. OneProtect is breaking the mold with their new, innovative design. The app named “du jour” has the ability to differentiate between drivers and passengers, a boon for people who use distracted driving apps on their phone.
State legislators have finally accepted that texting and driving is deadly. They have made it hard for cops to enforce the ban on this behavior. Police can have a hard time being able to tell if drivers are actually texting. Texting is very dangerous, and studies at Virginia Tech University show that a driver who is texting is 23 times more prone to accidents than drivers who are paying attention to actually driving. Some are calling for a complete ban on hand-cell cells being used by drivers altogether.
People who live in Ohio have six months to get use to the idea of the new law banning texting while driving. The law has gone in effect but no tickets will be handed out. The dangers go without saying when it comes to distractions behind the wheel. Over 100,000 accidents occurred in the past several years and that number is what needs to go down. No motorist should be doing anything else but driving but that is not the case these days and it is unfortunate because it is the innocent who often pay.
From Camarillo comes this report that parents, young people, and motorists are being cautioned to exercise care this coming school year while commuting. Children will be walking on sidewalks, bicyclists maneuvering on the road, and student drivers will be active. Advice on how to operate safely is given along with the suggestion of allowing plenty of time for traveling safely.
Starting August 7, 2012, 2,741 affected Forest River R-Pods are being recalled as it fails to comply with a requirement of federal motor safety no. 108, causing the vehicle to be less visible to other motorists during nightime. R-Pods year 2009-2011 are being recalled in order to prevent risks such as property damage or personal injury from the lessened visibility of these vehicles. The safety recall officially began May of 2012 and owners of this car can contact Forest River at 1 574 642 3119. Furthermore, owners can also reach the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1 888 237 4236, or go to the URL www.safercar.gov.
Texting and driving remains a problem in Winnipeg. The ban that was placed on the use of cellphones hasn’t caused the number of uses to go down much in the last 2 years since it was placed. A recent survey has said that most people still see motorists using their cell phone, and the $200 dollar fine hasn’t seemed to stop anyone.
One year ago, the state of New York passed a ban on texting while driving, but unfortunately, the number of tickets issued against the activity have risen exponentially since then, with some areas more than quadrupling in the number of drivers receiving tickets for texting. Government officials stress the importance of keeping your eyes on the road for your own safety and the safety of others.
In Salt Lake City, Utah, AT&T is working hard to combat texting while driving among the teens of the area. A driving simulator provided by the phone company allows teenagers attending West High School to safely gain first hand experience of the dangers and consequences brought on by texting in the driver’s seat. AT&T has also created a brief documentary detailing the real-life stories of texting while driving accidents, and compels viewers to follow up by signing a pledge not to text and drive.
A new iTeen365 paper allows parents to discover the true road distractions their teenagers are facing and helps them deal with their teenagers and make them safer drivers. Parents can use the GPS to help their teens drive more successfully as well as learn the many distractions that are out there on the road. The paper hopes to help improve road safety for parents and teens alike.
Idaho state government has passed a “distracted diver texting ban” effective July 1, 2012. After a two year battle with state legislature over whether current distracted diver laws already included the use of a cell phone, the texting bill passed 29 votes to 6 in the Senate and 53 votes to 17 in the House. The parents of the 18 year old Taylor Sauer of Marsing, who died updating a Facebook post while driving, will find their pleas to state lawmakers have finally fell upon attentive ears. The question remains, will this law suffice?