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Can Smartphone Apps Help Reduce Distracted Driving Accidents & Catastrophic Injuries in Ontario?

As we all know, distracted driving leads to many motor vehicle accidents across Ontario. The main culprit of distracted driving is mobile devices such as smartphones and cell phones. Texting while driving and talking while driving can cause serious accidents and catastrophic injuries for those in Kingston and other Ontario cities such as Ottawa and Whitby.

Many distracted drivers who cause car or pedestrian accidents have no intention of hurting anyone, but sadly, accident victims may be catastrophically injured. Some catastrophic injuries include:

  • spinal cord injury,
  • loss of a limb, such as an arm or a leg,
  • quadriplegia, and
  • traumatic brain injury.

Ironically, some say smartphones themselves can reduce texting or talking while driving accidents. How is that possible, you ask? If the right apps are downloaded onto the smartphones, many believe accidents due to texting or talking on a smartphone can be reduced. New apps are always coming out, and there are a couple that came out this year.

The first one is DriveScribe which blocks all incoming calls, texts and notifications. In addition, it also gives the driver feedback on their driving. For example, if the driver is driving too fast or braking too hard, the app will let the driver know. The company even rewards drivers with gift cards for good driving.

Another app is Canary. This app is for parents with teen drivers. The app sends notifications to parents instantly when the teen driver is texting, tweeting or checking social media while behind the wheel. It also notifies parents the second the teen driver makes or takes a phone call while on the road.

DriveSafe.ly is another popular app, but it has been around for some time. It reads text (SMS) messages and emails aloud in real time and automatically responds without drivers touching the mobile phone.

Many of these apps, such as DriveSafe.ly, claim to be a solution to texting while driving. Though the apps are well intentioned, can they really prevent texting while driving? Drivers have to remember to turn the app on before they drive. Will drivers actually take the time to turn the app on? If drivers can take the time to turn the app on, why can’t they take the time to turn off their phones or put the phones in the glove compartments?

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