This summer, join FOX 2 as we encourage drivers to take a personal pledge to STOP DISTRACTED DRIVING.
Our goal is simple:
• Change behavior in St. Louis.
• Prevent unnecessary accidents.
• SAVE LIVES.
Take our pledge to drive S.A.F.E. – Sober and Free of Electronics
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2014 alone, 3,129 were killed in distracted driving crashes. 90% of drivers say they know distracted driving and texting is dangerous, yet 71% continue to do it.
In fact, new data from AT&T shows that only four U.S. states are without a statewide anti-texting & driving ban—including Missouri and that there is a roughly 17-percent higher rate of texting while driving than the rest of the country.
Download apps that will disable your phone when you are in motion over 10 MPH:
AT&T Drive Mode App:
AT&T DriveMode is a free*, safe driving app that helps prevent distractions while driving by silencing incoming alerts, including iMessages. The app activates when speed reaches 15 MPH and deactivates when speed drops below 15 MPH for 2-3 minutes. The impacts of distracted driving affect us all, so we've made DriveMode available to customers of all wireless companies. Parental Alerts that send an SMS to the parent if the app is turned off or if auto-mode is disabled (available to AT&T postpaid customers only; alert sent to AT&T mobile numbers only). Auto-reply responses to SMS and MMS messages with a personalized
safe driving message (AT&T postpaid customers only)
Arrive Alive App
The Arrive Alive application automatically engages once the speed of your vehicle reaches 10 mph. It blocks distractions on your phone--like text messaging, phone calls, games, and other apps. If a navigation or music-playing app is open on your device prior to the Arrive Alive app engaging, that app will continue to function in the background. Calls can be enabled through your Bluetooth or other hands-free devices. While in use, the app displays the “Arrive Alive” logo, and reminds you to drive safely. There is an onscreen button to call 911 in case of emergency. There is also a passenger mode feature which will allow full access to the phone by the passenger of the vehicle for random intervals of time. When your vehicle slows to less than 10 mph, there will be a 30 second delay for the app to disengage, while you pull over and park. The app will thank you for driving safely, and return your phone to its normal function.
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