Apps to Stop You (Adults!) from Texting and Driving

By Toni Birdsong


She was texting and driving when she hit my kid. No, it wasn’t a careless teenager or a group of kids horsing around. It was a suburban mom in her mid-40s, driving an SUV and looking at her phone. My son was stopped at an intersection waiting for the light to change. She never slowed down before slamming into the back of him.

One concussion, four days of lost work, and a series of car repairs later, and my son (and his mom) will be the first to tell you that there isn’t a text, post, or tweet that is worth the physical and emotional toll of these past few weeks. We were fortunate. Sadly, other distracted driving accidents end far worse.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. An additional, 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011, compared to 416,000 people injured in 2010.

Here’s the jaw dropper: A recent AT& T survey shows that it’s adults, not teens (as might be suspected) that lead the trend on texting and driving. Almost half of all …read more

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