Every day, thousands of people are injured or lose their lives to distracted driving. According to the Maryland State Highway Administration Safety Information Database, 231 people lost their lives and 29,050 were injured in distracted driver-involved crashes in 2011 alone. Nationally, distracted driving is a factor in 1 out of 4 vehicle crashes and at any given daylight moment, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. (NOPUS)
After seeing the above statistics, the question you should be asking yourself is could YOU or YOUR NEW YOUNG TENNAGE DRIVER be one of them? While the dangers of distracted driving are no secret, the best way to prevent these unsettling stats from increasing is communication and education. Do you talk to your teenagers about the risks of texting and driving? Of course you do…but wouldn’t it be great if there was a way for you to physically prevent your child from taking that call while behind the wheel?
Wait no longer parents.
We present to you... (insert triumphant trumpet music)
The Drive Safe Mode App.
While we’ll be the first ones to tell you that our Mobile Banking App allows you to bank from anywhere at any time, there is one place that we would rather you not…while driving. As a matter of fact, if we could figure out a way to shut down our mobile banking app while you were driving, we would. As it turns out, someone figured it out for us. 1st Mariner Bank has teamed up with FOX Baltimore to help fight the battle against distracted driving by helping to promote the Drive Safe Mode App that is available for both Androids and iPhones. This app was created by a parent concerned with his own addiction to distracted driving. This addiction not only included texting, but also emailing, checking Facebook, browsing the Internet, checking sports scores, playing games and using any and every application on his phone.
Some of the App's features include:
- Prevents texting, banking, emailing and other distractions while driving.
- Push alert warnings if shut off while driving.
- Blocks phone usage within a few seconds of vehicle moving.
- Configurable to allow calling parents while driving.
- Configurable to allow navigation apps while driving.
- Configurable to allow music apps while driving.
- Ability to deliver speed alerts for your vehicle.
- Proactive alerting and reporting if user tries to disable.
While the App is is available for both Android and iPhone devices, the features and functionality vary slightly for each operating system. Click here to see a features comparison.
So how does the Drive Safe Mode App actually work? (Hint: You're gonna love this.)
Once a certain MPH is reached, essentially all functions of the phone are disabled except the ability to call 911 and/or any preset emergency phone numbers set up by the account holder (i.e Mom & Dad).
Here is a demo of the Drive Safe Mofe App in action on an iPhone.
What if my child tries to use his or her phone or delete the app? (Hint: Mom will know everything.)
In any instance that one attempts to use any non-emergency functionality of his or her phone or deactivate or delete the app, the account holder will receive a notification via text or email.
Ready to take action?
Download the Drive Safe Mode App on your teenager's phone today.
Want more info?
To see additional FAQs or get more info, check out the Drive Safe Mode site here.