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Auto Safety Regulators Hope to Combat Distracted Driving Epidemic with “Driver Mode” for Cell Phones

Auto safety regulators are requesting that smartphone manufacturers create a “driver mode” for smartphones to help combat the rising number of motor vehicle fatalities caused by distracted driving.

The new proposed feature is modeled after “airplane mode,” which prevents a mobile device from sending or receiving communications while flying. “Driver mode” would restrict certain mobile apps and features from running while the user is behind the wheel.

This feature could help promote higher levels of concentration and awareness among drivers by giving them less incentive to reach for their phones. As we become increasingly more connected by our mobile devices, people are constantly tempted to use their phones in unsafe circumstances. By restricting certain apps from running while the user is driving, the power of distraction is taken away.

To read more about this proposal, click here.

Recent NHTSA studies indicate that the rate of traffic fatalities has increased by 10.4% in the first half of 2016 alone. More than 100 people die every day in traffic accidents. These statistics are troubling, and meaningful action must be taken to put an end to these tragic fatalities.

At Graves McLain, we want to help ensure the safety and well-being of all Oklahoma residents. Please be alert at all times while behind the wheel, and keep these following guidelines in mind:

  • Turn off or silence your mobile device and stow it out of reach: Keep your mobile device silent and out of sight. This will help reduce the temptation to check your messages, emails or social media while driving.
  • Pullover: If you need to make an important call or look up directions, pull over to a safe area in a parking lot or on the side of the road.
  • Prepare ahead of time: When traveling to a new location, but the destination address in your GPS device or cell phone before you start to drive.
  • Use your friends. If traveling with passengers, have them make calls or respond to any text messages for you. If needed, you can also have them navigate the GPS for you.

By keeping these basic safety tips in mind, we can all help create a safer environment on Oklahoma’s roads and highways.

If you or a loved one are injured in a car crash caused by a distracted or negligent driver, call Graves McLain at 918-359-6600.

When you call our local Tulsa, Oklahoma personal injury law firm, you will speak with an experienced Oklahoma Car Accident attorney absolutely FREE. Our attorneys will investigate every detail of your accident and fight hard to ensure that your rights are protected.

At Graves McLain, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front, and you owe us nothing unless we win your case. At Graves McLain, we don’t get paid until you do.

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