Although using technology does not seem like the answer for curbing distracting driving accidents, some mobile app companies think it can help. Apps that can help parents and teens control the use of their cellphones while behind the wheel are being released more frequently than ever.
Canary is a mobile application available for Android and iPhone that can be installed on your teen drivers phone. Parents can be notified when their teen is sending a text, tweeting or hopping on social media hence the term, canary.
Safe Driver is similar, however, instead of providing information on the teens phone habits it gives parents information on their teens driving habits. The app documents speed, braking and cornering if the driver violates the speed set forth by their parent, an email or text message will be sent to the enforcer of the rules.
Recently, mobile companies such as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile launched the It Can Wait campaign in an effort to reduce texting and driving accidents. Some of the mobile carriers even created their own applications, including AT&T DriveMode and Spring DriveFirst.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 21 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal car accidents were distracted by their cellphone at the time of the crash. However, the number of people killed in distracted driving accidents did slightly decrease between 2011 and 2012. Additionally, 41 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and U.S Virgin Islands have banned texting and driving a number that has steadily grown over the years.
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