• suzannekane avatar suzannekane Posted: 9/25/2010 11:01am PDT

    Erik, you're to be commended for doing something about a growing problem. I've checked out OTTER app for smartphones and it certainly is compelling. There are also many posts and articles about the dangers of texting while driving. If we're incapable of curbing our appetite for non-stop connecting, and legislation doesn't dampen it, technology certainly can. And it's about time.

  • fb_100000715533461 avatar Erik Posted: 9/24/2010 6:41pm PDT

    I think 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 just read that 72% of teens text daily - many text more 3000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook - even with their professors. This text and drive issue is in its infancy and its not going away.
    I decided to do something about it 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 (especially teens) I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple app for smartphones - low cost, no recurring fees. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.
    Erik Wood, owner
    OTTER LLC
    OTTER app

  • suzannekane avatar suzannekane Posted: 9/24/2010 11:14am PDT

    Scott, I couldn't agree with you more. This is a pet peeve of mine and has been since the law went into effect here in California. It's as if the scofflaws want to just flaunt their bad behavior. In fact, I've seen drivers disobey traffic signals and do other ticketable offenses -- all the while talking on their cell phone or texting -- with a police cruiser in the oncoming lane or right next to the offender. Supposedly, the police are cracking down, but I don't really see that. Right on with your comments.

  • Scott Posted: 9/24/2010 10:05am PDT

    Despite having laws, I see numerous people everyday texting, talking anong other things with no regard for anyone else, on my 90 mile round trip to and from work.