A new report has been released which looks at the numerous solutions that various agencies have been coming up with in order to curb the dangerous practice of distracted driving.
One solution seems to be the increased implementation of various technologies that can limit the ability of a driver to text or use their cell phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle. A variety of apps have been released for smart phones, but the problem is that most software has a hard time distinguishing between whether the user is a driver or a passenger. Some apps, such as CellControl and ZoomSafer, works by way of plugging into a port on the car or is attuned to the vehicle’s electronic system. Such measures help ensure that a phone only blocks texts and emails when the owner is driving.
Law enforcement agencies are, not surprisingly, stressing the need to continuously monitor driving habits and issue citations when necessary. Both California and Delaware have received federal grants totaling $2.4 million in order to initiate further law enforcement efforts and an educational campaign. And across the countries, other agencies are stepping up patrolling efforts as well.
Perhaps the most promising solution to the distracted driving epidemic rests with self driving cars. Such autonomous vehicles would theoretically remove the possibility of driver error entirely. The question is how long it will take for the technology to be ready for mass marketability, and whether society is willing to accept the automobiles.