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An App Aims to Reduce Distracted Driving

Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. It is estimated that an additional 416,000 people were injured in automobile crashes involving a distracted driver.

 

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident involving a distracted driver enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver in Clayton County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 

The Canary app for the iPhone and Android is available as a distracted driving tracking device. The app was designed for parents who want to supervise their teens' driving. Once installed, the app connects to another phone and texts whenever any of the following occurs:

 

  • The phone is activated or unlocked while moving faster than 12 miles per hour.
  • The phone is traveling faster than the posted speed limit.
  • A text is sent from the phone when it is moving faster than 12 miles per hour. (Android only)
  • A call is made or received from the phone when it is moving faster than 12 miles per hour.
  • The phone travels outside an area that the parent has pre-approved.
  • The phone (and presumably its owner) are not home by a pre-programmed time (curfew).
  • Canary is disabled on the child's phone.

 

Canary does not prevent the user from operating the phone while driving but it does provide an account of this behavior. The app is not mandatory in any state and is not already installed on phones.

 

Texting and driving is illegal in Georgia pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 40-6-241. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that enforcement of Georgia's texting and driving ban is nearly nonexistent. In over two years since the law went into effect there has been an average of less than 50 convictions per month. In 2011, nearly 4,000 accidents in Georgia were attributed to distracted driving and cell phone use; nearly 1,000 accidents resulted in injury and nine were fatal crashes. Clayton County convicted only 20 people for distracted driving.

 

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Shane Smith by calling (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia