About This Post
On March 21, 1984, my family lost my dear brother in a car accident. At 7 years old, with sparkling blue eyes, his light was extinguished by someone who lost control of her vehicle, T-boning our car and immediately killing our Danny. At 3 years old, I lost my first friend and a lifetime of future memories. With the arrival of my son, (named after my brother and father,) I continue to take texting and driving very seriously. Sometimes I catch myself going, “I’ll reply quick!” But, that could be someone else’s Danny on the road, right next to me. Cellcontrol offered to send over a guestblog and infographic on safe driving and their product. I was happy to give them a platform to spread a message of awareness. I was not compensated in any way for the post, simply because I feel strongly about the issue. Enjoy.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics are scary:
Teens read or send text messages once a trip – 26 times more often than their parents think they do
80% of young drivers think that texting makes no difference to their driving performance
68% of young drivers 18 to 20 are willing to answer incoming phone calls on some, most, or all driving trips
11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
It’s an unfortunate and commonplace story on the local news, the latest car crash resulting in fatalities, caused by distracted driving. Unfortunately, this time of year is certainly no exception as the weather gets warmer and drivers hit the road for spring break and weekend getaways, undoubtedly with smartphones in tow. What is even more unfortunate is that drivers who use mobile devices are four times more likely to get into crashes involving injury, yet one third of drivers admit to texting and driving.
A new breed of distracted driving technology solutions have emerged to help eliminate distracted driving. While some are based on GPS or standard Bluetooth, the most robust solutions integrate directly with a vehicle’s onboard electronics, and eliminates a driver’s ability to talk, text, email and browse on when a vehicle is in motion so you don’t have to rely on willpower to stay away from that forever-ringing phone, such as the technology offered by Cellcontrol.
This Distracted Driving Awareness Month and beyond, Cellcontrol wants you to be aware of the following startling distracted driving statistics in hopes you’ll put down your mobile device the next time you hop into the drivers seat.
Editor’s note: For any company that actively moves product, the issue of safety needs to be first within the company. In impeccable timing, just two days ago, I was almost run off the road by a semi from a shipping company from Madison, Wisconsin. H.R. folks, fleet safety is most likely under your transportation pyramid, but should also be addressed with your risk management and human resources department. Lowering the concern for distracted driving within delivery and transport vehicles could lower your insurance premiums, as well as mitigate a slice within your risk pool. The risk manager in me says, “No matter the tool, disabling cell phone use while driving saves cents.”
Rob Guba is the Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder of Cellcontrol. He has led the company since its inception in 2009. As CEO, Rob is responsible for Cellcontrol’s day-to-day operations, product development and overall company strategy. Prior to the founding of Cellcontrol, Rob served as Chief Product Architect at TraceSecurity for over five years.
Established in 2009, Cellcontrol is the world’s leading technology to stop distracted driving for passenger and commercial vehicles. The company’s patented distracted driving prevention platform and flagship product, DriveProtect, eliminates talking, texting, and browsing on any mobile device while a vehicle is in motion. Cellcontrol’s mobile device policy enforcement technology has been recognized by the Consumer Reports, the Consumer Electronics Show and the National Traffic Safety Institute, and is used by families and Fortune 500 companies. For more information on the Baton Rouge, La.-based company, visit cellcontrol.com and follow @Cellcontrol.
Update 8/21/14: Someone connected to Verizon emailed and asked me to also give this link: http://www.verizonwireless.com/aboutus/commitment/safety-security/dont-text-and-drive.html