New technology blocks cell phone use while driving

The National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) has called for the ban of cell phone usage in cars period. Statistics show that nearly 85% of Americans have some type of cell phone service and that approximately 6% of drivers are talking on their cell phones while driving at any point in time. Additionally, 10% of teen age drivers are talking on their cell phone or text messaging while driving. These statistics are particularly grim when you look at the statistic that with driver distraction, a driver has a four times greater car accident risk if using a cell phone — even one equipped with a hands-free device.

It’s no wonder given these statistics, technology provides parents the ability to block their teenagers from the ability to use their cell phones while behind the wheel. I thought I would mention a few of the new products here:

  • Key2SafeDriving — provides a key which wirelessly connects with a cell phone through Bluetooth or RFID and blocks cell phone use when the key is in the ignition.
  • Smart Phones – which uses GPS and will disable the cell phone if a child is driving.
  • Driver Assistant — determines if a person is driving and then and will intercept incoming calls and prevent outgoing ones while driving. One driver assistant is by AegisMobility.

I’m sure we’ll be seeing more technology coming out in the near future. To reiterate Washington’s cell phone usage laws:

RCW 46.61.667 – prohibits a driver from using a hand-held cell phone while driving.
RCW 46.61.668 – prohibits a person from sending, reading or writing a text message while driving.

If your car accident was caused by the other driver’s cell phone use, read What if my accident was caused by someone using a cell phone? Then, contact The Farber Law Group, a personal injury attorney with offices in Seattle and Bellevue with more than 30 years experience representing car accident victims and their families.

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