Many smartphone-addicted individuals cannot or will not turn their phones off when they are driving, knowing it is not a safe. A new invention, however, might diminish texting while driving, and help prevent distracted driving accidents.
The invention is called CellSlip and its simplicity makes it appealing. It is a bright red nylon slip-on sleeve reinforced with a conductive fabric that blocks radio frequencies. Thanks to the sleeve, the phone cannot ring with its various notifications of incoming texts, Facebook posts, Twitter tweets and phone calls. Once the slip sleeve is removed, all notifications pop on.
Creator Mitch Bain, a software engineer, said that even though many people realize they should not be texting while driving, the instant they are alerted to a message arriving, their first impulse is to grab the phone to see who is messaging and reply. Those few seconds can kill in distracted driving car accidents.
Recent research from the AAA Foundation on Traffic Safety shows 70 percent of drivers admit to talking on a cellphone while driving. Over 42 percent read text messages or e-mail while driving. Nearly a third type or send e-mails and/or texts.
Bain’s invention works to remove the human error factor by making the phone unable to receive any communication. Why not just turn off the cellphone? According to surveys, over 81 percent of smartphone users indicate that not only is their device is always on, but they check it, on average, 35 times per day (at home and while driving).
Could CellSlip save a life? It could if people choose to use it.