New Shellback Smartphone Safe Locks Cell Phones in a Secure Case that Automatically Notifies Parents and/or Employers If Cell Phones Are Being Used While Vehicles Are in Transit
Shellback’s Smartphone Safe was created for one reason – to prevent accidents associated with distracted driving. The SPS was designed with the fleet manager, safety director, employer, parent, and safe driver in mind. It works by completely removing the phone from the driver’s sight. It tracks, confirms, and reports that the driver is compliant.
With the ability to confirm that the phone is securely out of sight, and with real time reporting of vehicle movement, the SPS provides valuable data to ensure the safety of your driver(s) and the ability to make proactive decisions before an accident occurs.
How Does the Smartphone Safe Work?
The Smart Phone Safe connects to your smartphone over Bluetooth connection. It confirms the phone is out of sight (the phone goes in the case), reports on device usage in real time (you will know if the case is opened or closed), and tracks data and presents it in a useful way (Cloud based SQL database and dashboards.)
Once you connect Smart Phone Safe to your phone, the SPS App – available on Android and iOS – will continuously monitor your phone status and let you know when the phone is removed from the case.
California’s Problem with Texting and Driving
The California Highway Patrol released a report showing that talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel is the leading factor contributing to crashes blamed on inattentive drivers. Furthermore, the US Department of Transportation reports that distracted driving played a role in nearly 6,000 deaths and 500,000 injuries.
Since California’s hands-free law took effect two years ago, banning cell phone use behind the wheel, California has issued an estimated 500,000 tickets to drivers ignoring the law.
Teen drivers have grown up using cell phones and other communication devices. They expect an answer to text messages within five minutes or less. Even though 97% of them agree that texting or email messaging while driving is dangerous, but 43% of them still do it.
Nationwide, an astounding 69% of drivers (aged 18-64) in the U.S. admitted to using their cell phone while driving during the previous month. Compare this to a European low of 29% in the United Kingdom or 59% in Portugal. The U.S. takes the lead in other potential distractions also, including reading or sending text messages or email messages, at 31% U.S. vs. 15% in Spain.
Text messaging has become an integral part of life for most people in the U.S. In 2013, over 153 billion text messages were transmitted in this country, including Puerto Rico, the Territories and Guam. Young drivers, under age 20, not only are avid text message users, they make up 27 percent of the drivers in fatal crashes that were attributed to distracted driving.
During daylight hours, about 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones or manipulating other electronic devices every moment. This activity increases the risks of becoming involved in an accident by three times over normal risk probability.
California Cell Phone and Texting Laws
- New California law prohibits all cellphone use while driving – KSBW.com
- Cell Phone, Texting and Driving Laws in California
- Governor expands hands-free driving laws in California
- New California Law Will Expand Restrictions on Cellphone Use While Driving
- The low down on California’s newest cell phone law
- California expands restrictions for phone use while driving
- California Texting While Driving Has Become More Popular Since Being Outlawed
California Distracted Driving Crash Statistics
- Cell Phones, Texting. It’s Not Worth It. It’s Just that Simple!
- Facts & Statistics About Texting & Driving 2016/2015
California Texting and Driving Research Reports
# # #