Canadians want technology to stop distracted driving, not police crackdowns: Poll

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  • Shoey5

    How about a Do Not Activate list for carriers and have courts suspend violators cell access for set amount of times.

    • Andrew Holt

      I would just get someone else to activate a plan for me, go with pre-paid, or just get a USA based plan. We do not need the government to overstep every aspect of our lives. The current system is working in which the police catch you, then you get a fine and more.

    • Shoey5

      You missed the last sentence 🙂 The current system isn’t working based on the number of people I see driving who just don’t get it.

    • Andrew Holt

      meh, around my parts they just use distracted driving as just another cash cow like they do with photo-radar speed traps.

    • Shoey5

      And therein lies the problem with the current system. The fact that you see it as a cash cow means you consider the fine as an inconvenience to using your cell phone while driving and not as a deterrent. Having ones phone confiscated permanently could do wonders.

    • It’s Me

      How about if you get caught you lose your license for a week and your car is impounded. Similar to DUI.

      If they want to act like morons then treat as such.

    • Rev0lver

      So, according to you, driving while distracted is ok but someone vacationing in Cuba is basically a war criminal?

  • My 1/2 cents

    This is just a money grab for the police. If the police actually wanted to reduce distracted driving they’d enforce people chatting with their passengers, eating and driving (among other things). nabbing those people who drive slowly in the left lane and those who drive too slow for the road conditions. .

    • Shoey5

      So basically what you’re saying is you use your cell phone while driving and justify it by pointing out people doing other stupid things.

    • Rev0lver

      I’m pretty sure your opinion isn’t even worth 1/2 a cent.

    • h2oflyer

      What about those who drive too fast for road conditions and end up leaving the road. They will probably have to use their phone, should be ok, they won’t be moving.

  • Andrew Holt

    How would this technology know if I am a driver or a passenger? I don’t want my phone to shut down on me when I’m on the bus for instance.

  • Jason

    Or or or just hear me out, if your willing to let your phone lock you out why not just -and bare with me- not listen to your phone? I have custom notifications set to all my apps so I know when I’m getting a work email vs a personal and can act accordingly if I’m driving and either ignore it or pull over

    • Shoey5

      Just custom notifications, you must have an iPhone 🙂

    • Gregg Wilson

      My Android phone is set up the same way. The only thing I will respond to while driving is a phone call. And I just have to press a button on my steering wheel to answer the call. My car’s display ALSO tells me who’s calling.

    • Shoey5

      On Android, I use a program called Audify, it will read aloud your notifications. I have it configured to automatically enable/disable depending on Bluetooth device being connected.You can also configure it to ignore certain app notifications or just notifications with certain keywords. Took me a few weeks of notifications to set it up the way I like but now when I’m driving I’ll hear things like

      “SMS App says Wife SMS Pick up some Milk on the way home”
      “Email App says New Email from John I’m scheduling an email for 11”
      “Maps says Traffic ahead, 15 minute delay”
      ….

  • h2oflyer

    A simple and quick solution would be an insurance industry sponsored hard wired recording device in the insured vehicle paired up with your registered phone. Similar to a dash cam, ít would record your phone’s transmissions. I know, it won’t stop people reading incoming messages and gamers, but it’s difficult stopping stupid.

    Would this work if you were drunk and texting in the back seat while someone else is driving your vehicle ? Yes, you wouldn’t be in the driver’s seat for an infraction pull over, or after an accident.

    In exchange for a sizeable premium reduction, your phone’s transmissions are available to law enforcement and accident reconstructionists. Not content, just transmission times.

    • Alex

      agreed. theres no need to be paired with phone. just needs to have a camera watching the driver. Plus, pairing with the phone is pointless, where people might just turn off bluetooth and stuff to keep it disconnected. THen that means no handsfree devices. might be more of a pain. Recording the driver is fine. And, they’ll only look into the footage when a claim is made, so imo, better that way.

    • h2oflyer

      I should have been clearer when I said paired up with the car. What I meant was the insurance company has the vehicle VIN and the phone’s IMEI. Hands free doesn’t matter if your traffic light has turned green and you’re still sitting there talking to your sun visor… that’s distracted driving. Or t-bone someone at an intersection while talking on hands free… won’t matter if your light was green or red.

  • LeTricolore

    Can someone explain to me how these apps would even know if you’re driving vs you being a passenger in the car?

    • Alex

      there are many sensors in phones nowadays. similar to how phones can track steps, and health data, it can know if ur suddenly moving really fast, which tells the phone u are driving.

    • Gregg Wilson

      No it doesn’t. As LeTricolore says, there is no way for the phone to know that you are a passenger. My wife uses my phone for several things (she’s a passenger) when I’m driving.

      Pairing my bluetooth in the car won’t allow it at all when the car is moving.
      The GasBuddy app knows the car is moving and tells you not to use it – you can say “I’m a passenger” and it will allow it

    • Alex

      OPS, lol, i did not read the message properly. i thought it was just how does it know if you are driving. my bad, thanks for the fix.

  • Mr Dog

    And I want food to stop tasting so good so I’ll stop eating it.

  • Nundo

    Technology has flaws..
    People know Technology has flaws.
    People find ways around these flaws.
    People continue to text and talk while driving endangering lives.
    Officer has flaws, but officer has good eye..
    Officer catches people who texts and talks while driving.
    Officer fines driver.
    Driver mad..
    Driver doesn’t want to pay.