Distracted driving is deadly: Many people know this, but many still choose to multitask behind the wheel. Common distractions include eating, drinking, children, fidgeting with the radio or GPS, calling and texting. Law enforcement is cracking down on technology use. Most states have laws that ban texting, while a few states ban cell phone use altogether. Some might think these laws are drastic. Regardless, too many drivers know that looking down for even a second can result in severe consequences.
In Colorado, texting while driving is legal unless done carelessly. Drivers under the age of 18 are still prohibited from talking or texting on their cellphones. Anyone else receives a citation if an officer notices they are texting and not regarding the roads.
It sounds like technology is causing a lot of problems. On the other hand, states are recognizing the inevitably of technology’s presence in our daily lives. It’s ironic to say that new technology could potentially prevent accidents caused by… technology.
Technology in reducing cell phone distraction
The National Safety Council reported that more than 3,000 people are killed each year in the U.S. due to distracted driving. Cell phone use is a common culprit.
There’s still hope of living in harmony with electronic devices on the road. Recent cell phone blocking technology allows willing drivers to download an app on their mobile devices. This app prevents drivers from making or accepting calls, texting or using the internet. The intention behind this system is to create a less tempting environment for drivers while they are on the move.
Common concerns about blocking apps
Blocking apps come with some implications. As of now, drivers need to be proactive about downloading and using the app. Many people are unwilling or uninterested in using the system. Some fear that they won’t be able to use their cell phones if they need to, such as in an emergency. However, 911 overrides come standard with the app. You can also create a short list of phone numbers that can still reach you, although this isn’t recommended.
Technology could potentially save thousands of lives. Currently, blocking apps on cell phones are up to the discretion of the drivers. Parents should encourage their teen drivers to use the app, and possibly even enforce it. It will take continued awareness to make a big impact on distracted driving.