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Can technology make Kansas City drivers less distracted?


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9/14/2013
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We here at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys have repeatedly warned against the dangers of distracted driving.

All too often, technology seems to exacerbate the epidemic of distracted driving.  Cell phones, in particular, are a fountainhead of distraction.

Although talking on the phone while driving is bad, texting on the phone while driving is even worse.  Individuals that text while driving are 23 times more likely to crash than those that don’t.

It is precisely for this reason that Kansas and Missouri have made texting while driving illegal.

Still, this ban has not been as effective as originally hoped.  Just stand on any busy street corner and count the number of drivers furtively texting behind the wheel.

But while technology may have once enabled our distracted driving, recent developments suggest this familiar script may soon be flipped.

A series of smartphone applications are now attempting to limit, if not outright eliminate, texting while driving.

One such app, Texecution, blocks users from texting at speeds above 10 mph.

Another app, Drive Safely, reads users’ texts aloud for them.

Apps like these are especially popular with parents concerned for the safety of their young drivers.

To ensure that children do not attempt to circumvent this technologically enforced block on texting while driving, Texecution can only be disabled by password-holding parents.

Unfortunately, apps like these aren’t free.  Yearly subscriptions can run in the neighborhood of $20 to $30.

But fear not, budget-conscious readers, there is an alternative: before you buckle up, lock your phone in your glove compartment.  You’ll keep your phone out of sight, out of mind – and yourself out of trouble.

Regardless of whether you rely on a phone app or sheer willpower, remember to never drive distracted.  No matter how seemingly important the call or text, it can wait.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of distracted driving, pick up a copy of our free book Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim to learn more on this topic and many others.  You can also set up a free consultation by calling us at (816) 471-5111.



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James Roswold
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.

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