Driving distractions from cell phones, and texting in particular, has been a major concern for law enforcement and vehicle safety organizations since the conception of SMS began. As if speaking on the phone weren’t distracting enough, drivers are now causing accidents while sneaking glances at text messages, tapping out responses, and opening apps while behind the wheel.
Until now, the main solution has been increased fines to send the message that texting and driving isn’t worth the penalty. But now, there’s a new high tech solution that, believe it or not, is a smartphone app that actually prevents cell phone distraction.
The new Drive Safe Mode™ App uses GPS to discern when a driver is moving at the speed of a vehicle and then disables text and phone capabilities (excepting 911 calls) during that time. The app has been primarily adopted by parents who can install the app on the phones of young drivers to prevent them from texting and driving. The parents are even notified when the app is disabled on the kid’s end.
This app is already being used in Las Vegas and is sure to reduce at least a few text-related accidents while in place. Unfortunately, the app does require an authority figure for proper enforcement so those who aren’t still on the family plan will have to be responsible to stop themselves from disabling the app.