Let’s face it; we all know that one of the leading causes of car crashes in the USA and Canada is people talking on their cell phones. No attention to the road while driving is an accident on the way to happening. It’s just that simple.
Well, good news is on its way in the war against cell phone addicted drivers who make driving hazardous due to their inattention. No this isn’t a new law enforcement gig, or a radar-tracking device to detect cell phone signals while the driver is piloting over 2,000 pounds of steel.
It’s not even a new law brought into being by a state legislature. California and New York have the right idea with a ban on cell phones while driving without a headset. Sure that gives the driver two hands, but it doesn’t give them their attention span when they’re talking to someone.
We’ve all been there and done that. You get into a heated conversation with someone and your attention is on “him or her,” not on your driving. This split attention trick is OK if you happen to be at home, but while driving it can mean the difference between getting to your destination unharmed or having a nasty smash up.
What’s so new that we could get excited about in the war against cell phones being used while behind the wheel of a car? Thanks to some tech savvy Canadian entrepreneurs, there is a new device on the market that actually disables cell phones for real-time talking. And not just that – it shuts them down so they can’t text or receive messages either.
That’s the other dangerous thing that a lot of younger drivers are doing these days, texting while steering a car. Hello? The consequences of this have the potential to kill.
This new device, created by Aegis Mobility, is called DriveAssistT and here is how it works. It’s simple, yet beautifully complex and innovative! The cell phone shuts down while it is moving at a speed associated with a vehicle. This takes the decision to use the cell phone right out of the driver’s hands and puts safety back behind the wheel – along with some common sense.
Compare this new gadget to a Breathalyzer installed in a car that keeps drunk drivers from starting their engines. DriveAssistT keeps yakjacks from doing anything with their cell phones while they’re on the road. Law enforcement will love this invention.
Inside this device is a motion detector that figures out if the phone is moving. If it is, it will send a signal to the cell phone carrier to hold ALL messages until the driver is done.
The DriveAssistT is due out sometime in 2009 and may cost about $10 to $20 a month when rented from your cell phone service provider. This is chump change when you consider over 42 thousand people die in car crashes every year, and 7% of those accidents are as a result of people talking on cell phones while driving.
Lance Sharp of The Sharp Firm is an Austin personal injury lawyer specializing in personal injury and accident law in Austin Texas. The lawyers at The Sharp Firm have a collective 40 years experience in being Austin injury lawyers. To learn more visit http://www.sharpfirm.com/.