We Save Lives Petition, distracted driving, airplane mode, texting while driving

Sentinel Joins Petition for “Airplane/Safe Drive” Mode

Most smartphone users know about the Airplane mode setting on their phone which disables functions. The name of the setting likely stems from airline policies of asking passengers to switch their phones off during flights. A growing concern, however, is that this mode should be used not just for airline flights, but driving as well.

Sentinel has joined an effort to ask mobile phone manufacturers to change the name of Airplane Mode to “Airplane / Drive Mode” to remind drivers that it’s never safe to drive with the distractions of a smartphone. Sentinel is asking everyone to help make our roads safer by joining in this effort.

Here are some facts about distracted driving and how switching to airplane mode / drive mode can help:

  • 1 out of every 4 car crashes in the United States is caused by cellphone use while driving.
  • The majority of car crashes involve drivers distracted while talking on handheld or hands-free cellphones.
  • Texting while driving is 6 times more likely to cause a car crash than driving drunk.
  • Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.

We Save Lives is a non-profit organization based in Arlington, VA. Their mission is to support and promote solution driven policies and programs that save lives by changing dangerous driving choices through viral awareness, education, advocacy and partnerships.

Sentinel is a smart distracted driving telematics device that helps drivers keep from using their cell phones while driving. Based out of Madison, Mississippi, the Sentinel prevents texting and driving and cell phone use while driving by sending alert messages to the driver and the parents to stop using the cell phone.

For more information about the Sentinel and We Save Lives campaign or to sign the petition, go to https://wesavelives.org/campaigns/airplane-drive-mode/

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