Software has been developed which prevents drivers from using their mobile phones once they go above a preset speed.
Developed by a non-profit organisation called ‘Young Safe Drivers’, the GPS enabled software – known as ‘Anti Distracted Driving Software’ (ADDS) – detects when the driver has exceed a preset speed limit and will then prohibit incoming calls and text messages.
Responses to text messages say: “I’m driving now, call me later” and calls are directed to voicemail. When the vehicle comes to a stop, or is below the preset speed, all calls and messages are received. The software is fully deployable and runs on Android and Windows mobile phones.
ADDS will be offered at no cost to all drivers through a campaign which is being prepared by Young Safe Drivers in collaboration with several other road safety organisations. The ‘Anti Distracted Driving’ campaign will launch in May to educate drivers about the dangers of driving while using a mobile phone.
Young Safe Drivers says: “Distracted driving is the leading cause of death among our youth. Our goal is to promote safe driving through awareness and by eliminating mobile phone use while driving.
“Our ‘Anti Distracted Driving’ campaign will include; press conferences, media coverage, recruitment of volunteers who will encourage drivers to commit to a ‘no mobile phone zone’, and free distribution of ADDS.”
For more information visit the Young Safe Drivers’ website.