Remember that time you swerved while driving in order to check a text message or change the radio station? We’ve all done it. We all know it’s dangerous, and we know we need to stop.
That’s the message Marci Corry and her team are trying to share with residents throughout the Brazos Valley – and they’ve even gone so far as to develop a smartphone application to prevent people from driving while texting.
The Safe 2 Save app is available for free download and allows users to earn points that are redeemable 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, Woodbine Hotel and Restaurant, McKenzie’s Barbecue and Legends Steakhouse.
“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.”
More than 15,000 people have downloaded the app since it launched last month.
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.
“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.