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AT&T Launches App to Disable Phone While in Motion

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.

 

AT&T created a DriveMode app for Android and BlackBerry phones that disables texting when the phone is traveling faster than 25 mph. The free app was launched in September 2012 but was not made available for the iPhone. The app was launched as part of the "It Can Wait" campaign that is designed to eliminate cell phone use while driving.

 

AT&T officials have said that they prefer market-driven solutions over legislatively imposed mandates. Verizon Wireless supports state and federal legislation that would ban texting while driving and has lobbied for such a change.

 

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.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia