Distracted driving is a growing problem on U.S. roads. In fact, every year, at least 3,100 people are killed – and well over 400,000 others are injured – in distracted driving crashes. 1While these numbers certain paint a grim picture, they don’t capture the impacts or harm that distracted driving crashes can have on victims’ families, especially when those crashes have deadly outcomes.
One man, who has had to live with the impacts of a fatal distracted driving crash for years, has, however, decided to use that tragedy as a source of inspiration. In fact, the man – Entrepreneur Scott Tibbits – has developed a new device that can reportedly prevent distracted driving crashes and, hopefully, save lives.
The Device that Could Stop Distracted Driving
About seven years following the death of a colleague in a distracted driving accident, Tibbits developed a device called the Groove, which is a small portable instrument that plugs into most vehicles and blocks smart phones from being able to send or receive data. While Groove still allows calls to go through, it blocks texts, emails and social media alerts until a driver reaches his destination and unplugs the device.
Compatible with any phone, Groove essential works with phone carriers to block data transmission. This makes it the first device of its kind to work on the carrier level. Some other key features of Groove include:
- Quick installation (taking an average of 30 seconds)
- “Smart” blocking, as the device reportedly “knows” when (and when not) to block distractions
- Compatibility with all vehicles dating back to 1996
- No software required.
Can this Device End Distracted Driving in the U.S.?
Although many have high hopes for Groove and its potential to eliminate distractions for motorists, the scope of the distracted driving epidemic in the U.S. may be too grand for just one device to reign in.
That’s because, as the U.S. Department of Transportation explains, distracted driving is not exclusive to cellphone use behind the wheel. It can also arise from actions that include (but are not limited to) the following when driving:
- Drinking or eating food
- Personal grooming in the vehicle (e.g., shaving, putting on/checking makeup, etc.)
- Reading or studying maps
- Using a GPS navigation system
- Adjusting vehicle controls or using voice-controlled systems.
So, while Groove may be helpful in deterring drivers from texting or using cellphones while driving, there may also need to be a greater shift in the thinking, choices and behaviors of motorists in order to truly end the distracted driving epidemic in the U.S.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving crash or in any type of traffic collision, contact a Denver car accident attorney at the Law Office of James H. Guest, LLC for help with your financial recovery.
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1According to data from federal authorities at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)