Why Talk When You Could Text
When our smartphones beep or buzz we all get excited to see what form of communication has just been pushed to us. Email, Text, Facebook Tag/ Message, Twitter, iMessage, BBM, Face Time and the list goes on. By the way, does anyone get actual phone calls anymore? I’ve forgotten what my ringtone even sounds like. Mobile devices have become humanity’s primary form of communication and for the most part we have all benefited from that. But there is no exception to the rule that with great power comes great responsibility.
DWI: Driving While (In)texting
The first few states that made the decision to ban handheld cell phone usage while driving were crushed with annoyed citizens. I can remember living in Connecticut when this law was passed and it honestly felt like a joke. For this reason, the vast majority of states don’t even have a partial handheld ban. That should make the next statistic that much more impressive: There are currently only 5 states that do not enforce a ban on texting while driving. If driving while talking on a phone is dangerous; texting while driving is deadly.
Big Brother Should Be Watching You… Because He Could Save Your Life
Concerns over cellular usage while operating a motor vehicle aren’t just coming from mothers across America; businesses have taken a serious interest as well. “Distracted Driving Policies” have been around for a long time but for the most part they consist of a one page document with a pledge to not use your mobile devices while driving. Unfortunately our devices have become such an important part of our lives; these policies would have a better chance, asking us to not blink while driving.
Introducing SAFECELL- This mobile application will save lives. What price would you put on saving your life, the life of a child, maybe your child, the life of an employee, a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger? I think we can all afford to give up a little bit of personal privacy to prevent any more deaths from talking or texting while driving. Once a device with SAFECELL begins traveling faster than 5 mph, the app will take over and prevent texting, web browsing and hand-held calling. This is a brilliant concept and it belongs on every smartphone in the world.
Enforce Your Policy
Creating a Distracted Driving Policy and deploying SAFECELL are great steps to making the roads safer but there’s still one problem that businesses run into while trying to enforce these policies. Smartphones are and always will be end user devices. You can remove any app from your device, anytime, anywhere. It doesn’t matter if it’s a company or personal phone, everyone has that ability. The only way to truly enforce the use of specific apps is through Mobile Device Management (MDM). Leveraging MDM and MAM capabilities, applications like SAFECELL can be pushed down to devices and monitored by an automated system to ensure proper use. Platforms like MaaS360 offer quick, easy and affordable deployment and should be considered when creating a distracted driving policy. It’s time to protect us from ourselves, we can wait to text.