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November 14, 2012


This is an important effort... The CDC just reported that 60% of older teens routinely Text and Drive. I think its starting to become clear that legislation has value in raising public awareness in forums like this one but it will be difficult to solely legislate our way out of this issue. I also read that over 3/4 of teens text daily - many text more than 4000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook - even with their professors. Tweens (ages 9 -12) send texts to each other from their bikes.

I decided to do something about distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user, I built a texting asset called OTTER that is a simple and intuitive GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. While driving, OTTER silences those distracting call ringtones and chimes unless a bluetooth is enabled. The texting auto reply allows anyone to schedule a ‘texting blackout period’ in any situation like a meeting or a lecture without feeling disconnected. This software is a social messaging tool for the end user that also empowers this same individual to be a sustainably safer driver.

Erik Wood, owner
do one thing well... be great.
ref: http://www.prlog.org/11903070.html

Hopefully last weeks summit will encourage the Florida Legislature to work hard and get the laws passed. I love the "Text & Wreck" icon created by M.J. We'll definitely share it here at zAutos.com. We created a distracted driving infogrpahic to help bring awareness to this important issue. I hope you like it: http://zautos.com/distracted-driving-infographic-dangers-of-distracted-driving/

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