Criminal Law Articles
Florida Cellphone Application Aims to Curb Distracted Driving
By Nathan Ryan LaBar | Criminal Defense Attorney
Published on 2012
It has been well established that distracted driving behaviors, including texting while driving, are major hazards. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 16,000 people were injured and 3,092 died in distracted driving accidents in 2010. Yet, currently, the state of Florida has failed to enact any distracted driving legislation. The state is one of only 11 others that do not have a complete ban on sending texts messages while driving.
However, there are still citizen-led efforts in Florida to help combat texting while driving, one of which is the recent launch of a free cell phone application called FreeSafeText. The application replies to incoming texts by notifying the other party that the cell phone user is busy driving. An iPhone version of the application will soon be available.
The application is the brainchild of the owner of a Boca Raton company. He came up with the idea last December when he was driving and received an urgent text from an important client. He did not want to use his phone while driving, but also did not want his client to feel that she was being ignored. In response to this dilemma, he developed the FreeSafeText application.
The developer partnered with the owners of a car sales business based in Fort Lauderdale, which promoted the application to 200,000 customers via its newsletter. In addition, prominent football coach Howard Schnellenberger is using his status to endorse FreeSafeText.
Considering that, texting while driving increases the risk of a crash by 23 times. It also takes a driver's eyes away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, which is the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of entire football field. Hopefully, a preponderance of Florida drivers will take advantage of FreeSafeText and help reduce the risk of auto accidents caused by distracted driving.
Currently, subscribers can access FreeSafeText free of charge and, as an incentive, potentially receive gift cards up to $50 dollars. If you are involved in an car accident that you believe was caused by the other party texting while driving, it is advisable to seek out a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. An attorney can assess your case, help prove liability, and aid in seeking compensation. Call us today at 1-866-680-4LAW or fill out our online form located at the top of the page and we will contact you shortly. We respect your privacy and will keep all your information confidential.