Residents can earn free meals at local restaurants by simply pledging to drive safely and installing a smartphone application that prohibits them from texting while driving.
The free Safe 2 Save app was developed by College Station resident Marci Corry and launched locally last week.
“The purpose of this free app is to help encourage people in a positive way to drive safe by rewarding them with incredible deals at reputable local businesses,” Corry said in a press release. “By driving safe and limiting distractions that the phone provides, you can save money and lives. The goal is to truly change behavior so that drivers are no longer holding their phones in their hands or their laps.”
Madisonville City Manager Camilla Viator said she was thrilled with the idea.
“I think it’s a great program for everyone to embrace,” Viator said. “It’s a great concept to save lives.”
Drivers are encouraged to download the app and click on it before they start driving, which locks their phone “in a sense to choose safety over productivity as people are 23 times more likely to be in a car crash when they text and drive,” Corry said.
For every minute a driver is on the road with Safe 2 Save pulled up, they can earn points to be redeemed at Madisonville’s Carter Enterprises restaurants including Texas Burger, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Subway and Church’s Chicken, as well as Lakeside Diner.
Once the app is pulled up, if a motorist attempts to send a text, they get a message from Safe 2 Save that says, “It can wait. Don’t text and drive.”
Since its launch in Bryan-College Station in early October, the app has been downloaded more than 14,000 times.
“Once they start driving, the GPS unit will know they are going 15 mph or more and then the app will know to start adding points to their account,” Corry explains in her press release. “Users can receive calls and make calls but alerts will come up if they try to text, email, play a game or search for music. Before a driver begins driving, they can plug in their music play list and pull up their map within the app and would still be able to earn points. Voice messaging and Bluetooth can also work at all times to encourage hands-free driving. Currently, a driver will earn two points for each minute of safe driving.”
For more information about Safe 2 Save, check out their Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.