We have come together as a group of concerned parents to help stop teenagers and other drivers from dangerous driving habits like texting and speeding. As parents, we want to keep our children safe but we can’t always be there to ensure they make good decisions. Awareness is crucial but it is not enough,Mobile Tattletalecan help save lives through parent monitoring technology.
There is no doubt texting while driving is creating danger on the nation’s roads. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has called distracted driving a deadly epidemic. And a new nationally representative survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center shows just how widespread it is. Almost two-thirds of the survey respondents had seen drivers in other vehicles texting on a cell phone or other mobile device, just in the previous 30 days. Almost all—94 percent—had observed motorists talking on a handheld phone. In the same period, more than half had seen a dangerous situation that was related to a distracted driver.For more statistics click here
Even with these stats, teenagers continue to text and drive. It is part of their culture, with many of them more proficient in front of a mobile screen than behind the wheel of a car. That’s where Mobile Tattletale steps in. Mobile Tattletale is an application that is set up on a teenager’s phone. When a teenage driver is moving faster than 20 MPH (or speed determined by parent), Mobile Tattletale sends a warning message to the parents or temporarily disable the ability to text or call until the automobile slows down under 20 MPH. Read more….
Although teens make up only 7 percent of the total driving population, they account for 14 percent of all fatalities. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 19. And today, 16-year-old girls are just as likely to crash as 16-year-old boys. In fact; the risk is the highest at age 16, when the fatal crash rate is 40 percent higher than for 18 year-olds and 30 percent higher than for 19-year-olds.Teenage Speedster was invented to warn parents when their teenagers may be at risk of high speed driving. Whether they are the driver or a passenger in a car, Teenage Speedster will send a text to warn a parent of the high risk situation. Unlike “car chips” and other deterrent devices that are reactive measures, Teenage Speedster has the ability to alert the parent by text message within seconds of the speed being calculated over the predetermined threshold. Read more…..
Family Responsibility Plan:
Mobile TattleTale has partnered with Voice On The Go to build a family-friendly distracted driving plan focused on protecting parents and teenage drivers. Read more….
Mobile Safety Plan for Businesses:
The partnership also allows the two companies to market a product offering to businesses with mobile sales teams and fleets. Read more….
Banning texting is not enough, according to a report by the Highway Loss Data Institute; text messaging-while-driving bans have not resulted in a reduction in crashes, and may even be “ineffective”. The institute said, in states where texting while driving is illegal, there appears to be a “slight increase in the frequency of insurance claims filed under collision coverage for damage to vehicles in crashes.”
It could be that drivers who continue to text while driving are doing it more surreptitiously, hiding their phones from view of other drivers and law enforcement, increasing the risk of an accident even more, the institute says. “What I would say is that texting and cell phone devices have become such a component of life for teens and for young people that it’s hard for them to differentiate between doing something normal and doing something wrong,” said Steven Bloch, senior research associate for the Automobile Club.