2 alternative approaches to the ever increasing risk to us all by people by distracted while driving

2 alternative approaches to the ever increasing risk to us all by people by distracted while driving

As regular readers of my blog know I have been crusading for a while regarding texting and general use on mobile phones while driving. It needs to be addressed in view of the huge amount of needless accidents causing loss of life, serious injury and property damage.

I applaud those insurers that are making it a blanket exclusion under motor vehicle policies and I see that fines have been increased in many jurisdictions. I am also pleased with the media push on the danger that distracted driving creates.

Despite all of this, the incidence is increasing and people are not getting the message. I therefore thought I would share two new approaches that I had not seen that have recently been in the media.

Australian invention pulling on the heart strings to stop drivers checking their phones

Father-of-three, Remo Behdasht is the creator of ‘Life Gift’, a smartphone app that sends users an emotional, preset audio message from a loved one the second they unlock a device while in control of a vehicle, or walking near a busy road.

“The message comes from someone we care about, someone who we can relate too, someone who we are responsible for,” Mr Behdasht told 9NEWS.

“It’s like a tap on the shoulder saying, ‘Hey – I want you home safe, please put your phone down and focus on the road’” he said.

Featuring navigation and passenger modes, Mr Behdasht’s aim is to change driver behaviour and ultimately make our roads safer.

  • When drivers check their phones even for two seconds, while travelling 50km/h, that equates to driving blind for close to 30 metres.
  • There has been a jump in the number of drivers caught using their phones, with 40,000 drivers nabbed each year.

Mr Behdasht’s app is free to download.

Nov 30, 2018

https://www.9news.com.au/2018/11/30/21/21/queensland-car-mobile-phones-use-criminal-offence-calls

 

Calls to criminalise Queensland motorist mobile phone use

Garry Church, a former officer of 38 years and current head of Road Trauma Services Queensland, said people caught using a mobile phone while driving should be criminal charged and put before the courts.

Mr Church said offenders should face Magistrate-issued licence disqualifications if they’re caught, pointing to the mantra often repeated by authorities that being distracted by using a mobile phone can be as dangerous as drink-driving

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