The Technology Exists To End
Texting While Driving
INTRODUCING THE DISTRACTED DRIVING FOUNDATION
The Distracted Driving Foundation is a non-profit organization founded on a simple core premise—that mobile phone carriers should put technology in all phones that blocks display-intensive uses of moving phones held by drivers, but not phones held by passengers.
Through state or federal legislation, government should require phone companies to solve the distracted driving problem so we don’t need to pay police to look in drivers’ windows to see what they are doing with their hands and eyes. Technical solutions will be more effective and less expensive.
For many, the temptation to read a text message or answer a call when it comes in is irresistible. Text messages should be blocked until the vehicle is stopped, and phone calls to drivers’ phones while moving should be screened by a voice prompt that says: “The person you called appears to be driving. Is this call important or can I take a message?”
The Distracted Driving Foundation is coordinating development of such motion restricting technologies that do not affect passenger phones. We will make these technologies available for free to the mobile phone carriers, as well as handset and automobile manufacturers.
Technology gave us fast, convenient wireless communication. Technology can make it safer to use.