Aug
15
New ‘E-DUI’ Law Enacted in Washington State

Many drivers react to their phones behind the wheel without fear of the possible texting and driving consequences they face. They face legal trouble, financial stress, community embarrassment, and of course the risk of death. The combination of these should be enough to keep anyone from texting and driving. But now, as of July 23, using your phone AT ALL while driving is illegal in the state of Washington, and will result in harsher consequences.

Washington’s E-DUI Law

The new ‘E-DUI’ law bans drivers from using any electronic device while driving, even when stopped at a light. According to the website dedicated to explaining the law (www.wadrivetozero.com) drivers can receive a $99 ticket for other distractions, too. Tickets are issued for “grooming, smoking, eating, or reading if the activity interferes with safe driving, and you are pulled over for another traffic offense.” The texting and driving facts show us that these activities are indeed distracting and hopefully will now be avoided as much as texting and driving.
the dangers of texting and driving
Hands-free use is still approved to use when driving and the law includes a “one touch” rule. This rule states you can start your device with a single touch or swipe if you’re not holding it. For example, your GPS is mounted on your dashboard and you need to turn it off – you are allowed that one touch or one swipe. And drivers are still allowed to call emergency services while driving, of course.

For the first few months, law enforcement officers will only hand out warnings to motorists breaking the E-DUI law. Once the grace period is over, a first offense will cost you $136 and a second citation within 5 years will cost you $236. Tickets will go on your record and your insurance company will be made aware of the infraction.

The Harshest of Texting and Driving Consequences

The new law is in response to the 32% increase in distracted driving deaths in the span of 1 year. Officials hope that this new law will have the same success as the “Click It or Ticket” law which has achieved a 95% compliance rate in Washington. If a law like this proves effective, it could counteract the harshest of texting and driving consequences ever, fatal crashes.

Currently only 14 states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam and Virgin Islands ban all drivers from using hand held devices. But with distracted deaths rising across the nation, it’s only a matter of time before other states follow suit. Washington will be a good model for the effectiveness of the E-DUI law.

Follow up Questions

Do you think that harsher laws can reduce distracted driving deaths?
Do you know the texting and driving laws in your state?
What type of texting and driving consequences would get you to stop texting and driving?
Or do you already use something like TextNinja to battle the dangers of texting and driving?

Jun
12
The Long-Awaited iPhone Distracted Driving Mode

by: Jess Goodwin

Thanks, Apple! (It’s About Time)

When Apple releases the iOS 11 operating system later this year, a long-awaited, life-saving feature will be included.  The new iPhone distracted driving mode, (actually called “Do Not Disturb While Driving”) will silence notifications while you’re driving, and auto-reply to text messages as well.

Read more

Jun
01
100 Deadliest Days: What You Didn’t Know

by: Jess Goodwin

Maybe you’ve already read statistics on the 100 deadliest days of summer, but there’s more that you need to know! And more importantly, more that you can do to protect yourself!

Statistics for the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

The statistics are alarming and tragic for the time-frame of Memorial Day to Labor Day. This period is historically known as the ‘100 deadliest days’ of driving for teens. This year, AAA reports that the number of teen drivers involved in fatal collisions is up 10% overall. And specifically in the summer months is increased by 26% compared to other months of the year.

Read more

Apr
25

Drive Beehive & TextNinja #JoinForces as BeeNinja?

After playing in the distracted driving prevention arena for a few years each, both the Drive BeeHive and TextNinja teams saw the need for something more.  We have always promoted the power of joining forces, and now we’ve really gone and done it… (and no, it’s NOT called BeeNinja!)

Distracted Driving Coalition

Read more

Apr
23

The Viral Unicorn Frappe

No Starbucks drink has ever been as magical as the new Unicorn Frappuccino (at least marketing magic if nothing else).  In a matter of just a few days, it has swept the nation. Some praise the sugar-laden drink, and although it is okay to #treatyoself occasionally, the frappe has some valid criticisms too.

The color-changing, mango-based cream frappuccino with a layer of sour is evidently so difficult to make that Starbucks baristas are flipping out. But we don’t care how magical or stressful, no drink should ever cause you to drive distracted.

Read more

Search Blog

Live Feed @TextNinjaApp

1-Get in car 2-Set navigation 3-Choose tunes 4-Turn on distraction protection (TextNinja) 5-Drive safely 6-Get rewarded #saveyoself #winwin

about 11 hours ago

RT @myfatherslist: Still get very happy every time @hardwick signs off @talking with "don't text and drive." #enddistracteddriving

about 11 hours ago

RT @Vision0Amarillo: Our Campaign for Awareness is now LIVE in the @TextNinjaApp YOu can join us in the battle against distracted driving…

about 11 hours ago

RT @StoptheTexts: If you’re texting, you’re not driving. #StopTexts https://t.co/IPHpYTiOvw

about 2 days ago

RT @DropItAndDrive: “Riskiest behaviours” described as driving under the influence (89%), #distracteddriving (54%), fatigue (42%) https://t…

about 2 days ago

Stay Connected