Could the Text to Ticket App Reduce Distracted Driving?
There’s a new app out there that drivers are using in hopes of catching distracted drivers – but some would argue it’s just making the problem worse.
The app is called Text to Ticket. It works like this: when you spot a driver who is distracted by texting, you open the app on your own phone and take a short video. The video must include the driver as well as his or her license plate. Once you are done, you submit the video to the platform. After 7-10 days, your video will be reviewed, and if approved, you will be credited $5.00. The data is then sent to police. Neat, right?
One glaringly obvious problem, though, is that you can’t really use the app if you are driving. Not safely, anyway. So, if you want to be a text message vigilante, you’ll have to sacrifice the wheel and ride shotgun instead.
Texting and Driving Statistics
The average amount of time a driver distracted by a cell phone will look away from the road is five seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that means the driver can cross the length of a football field, completely blind, when distracted by a phone.
Other statistics from the National Safety Council:
- Cell phones lead to 1.6 million car accidents every year
- Texting and driving is responsible for nearly 330,000 injuries every year
- Almost 25 percent of car accidents involve distracted driving
- You are six times more likely to cause an accident while texting than you are driving drunk
- 94 percent of drivers support a ban on texting while driving, and many of them admit to having done so at least once in the last 30 days
The injuries sustained during distracted driving accidents can be catastrophic, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and fatal injuries. If you have been injured due to a distracted driver, discuss your case with a personal injury attorney.