In recent years, distracted driving has become a major issue in Florida and across the nation. One of the most common forms of distraction is using a cell phone, especially when it comes to texting. According to federal statistics, responding to the average text takes a motorist’s eyes off the road for about five seconds, drastically reducing reaction times.
Fortunately, thanks to one professor in the Sunshine State, our roads could soon be a little safer for us all. The Florida Atlantic University professor recently invented software that supposedly blocks cell phones from sending or receiving text message when the user is behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.
Despite the fact that texting while driving is illegal in Florida, people continue to engage in this behavior at alarming rates. Last year alone, there were close to 42,000 accidents attributed to distracted driving in our state. Those accidents caused 210 deaths and more than 35,000 injuries. Many highway safety officials even believe these numbers are actually higher, as many drivers may lie about their use of a cell phone in the moments leading up to a crash.
The professor hopes to curb this dangerous activity with his application, which is in the process of being developed and patented. If it works like it’s meant to, mobile network carriers could be able to detect when a user is behind the wheel of a vehicle and block that person from sending or receiving text messages. The inventor hopes that the software eventually becomes standard, and is even offered as an option for consumers to receive a possible discount on their auto insurance premiums.
After a serious Florida auto accident you believe was the result of texting while driving or another dangerous activity, speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh right away.