DON'T DRIVE DISTRACTED!

DON'T DRIVE DISTRACTED!

Welcome to the KidsAgainstDistractedDriving.com Blog

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly 6,000 people died and more than 515,000 were injured on American roadways in 2008 in crashes that involved distracted driving. The problem is growing, and young drivers are most at risk.



KADD was founded by Scott D. Camassar and Stephen M. Reck of the Law Firm of Stephen M. Reck, LLC in North Stonington, CT, to help educate kids of all ages about the dangers of distracted driving. We’re dedicated to responsible driving and keeping kids safe. We don’t want to see kids injured or killed by texting and driving, or by others’ texting and driving. Please join us in this campaign, and go to KidsAgainstDistractedDriving.com and take the pledge today.



THE PLEDGE: "I pledge to not text or use my cell phone while driving. I understand the serious dangers caused by distracted driving and will talk to my family and friends about these dangers, to help make the roads safer for everyone."


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HOT OFF THE PRESS! Read the National Safety Council's new paper, “Understanding the Distracted Brain: Why driving while using hands-free cell phones is risky behavior”






Sunday, May 30, 2010

Text/Phone Blocking Apps

We've previously mentioned that there are some new apps to block texting or even calls while driving.  Here are four of the popular text-blocking applications ("apps") available for your cell phone:

1. Textblocker will turn off your cell phone completely while in the car, making it unable to send or receive texts, e-mails, or calls. It can tell a parent or boss that your phone is turned off. 
2. Izes Up also turns off the phone and disables its functions.
3. Zoom Safer will block text messages and phone calls, and send an auto reply message that you're driving if someone tries to contact you. This service has a one-time fee (rather than a monthly fee).
4. Cell Safety prevents you from texting or surfing the web while driving, but you can still make phone calls.
Each of the apps uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) to detect when a cell phone is in motion and can turn off or block a signals to a caller when they are in a car.  Unfortunately, they only work on "smart phones," such as Blackberries, iPhones and Droid phones.  Eventually, the technology should be available on all phones.