Local police use device to cut distracted driving
WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police in West Bridgewater are using a new device to limit distracted driving -- the technology stops cars from moving while a cell phone is in use.
The temptation to talk, text or use the Internet while behind the wheel can be too much for some people to resist. In West Bridgewater they are turning to technology to solve a problem caused by technology, especially for teen drivers who aren’t allowed to use a phone behind the wheel.
“Anybody who has a teenage kid [that] is driving today should have this device,” said Lt. Victor Flaherty of the West Bridgewater police department.
Police are encouraging parents to get an app and device that can completely block the cell phone from making or receiving text messages or calls while the car is moving, with the exception of 911 calls.
“At first I was hesitant -- I love it because again because I don’t have the ability to answer it so I don’t have to worry about the phone,” said Det. Sgt. Tim Nixon of the West Bridgewater police department.
Nixon said the device is easy to use. Parents get emails if their children disable it or are driving too fast.
The police department is giving several out at a safety meeting this Thursday at the West Bridgewater High School. Plenty of people are saying, why stop with the kids?
“I think it’s a fantastic idea and I think it’s beneficial for a lot of adults as well,” said one parent.
As an added incentive, any teen that was recently ticketed for using their phone while driving that ticket will be dismissed if they go to the safety night on Thursday at the high school.