Daniel Gallatin lost his life in New Castle, Indiana in May 2013 when a 43 year old woman slammed her SUV into the back of his motorcycle and dragged him for 100 feet. A police investigation determined that the driver of the SUV was texting while driving and failed to see Daniel in front of her.
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.
Distractions behind the wheel are a complicated problem, but there are plenty of solutions to texting and driving specifically. Texting is one of the most dangerous and common types of distracted driving, and it’s one you can avoid by planning ahead with a solution. But where do you start?
Distractions come in many shapes and sizes and have a varying level of danger. Each type consists of a variety of visual, mental, and physical impairment. Until the mass adoption of autonomous vehicles, there is no one solution to stop it. We can, however, break down the most common forms of distraction and compare the relative danger between them.
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.
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