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Keep Drivers Focused on Driving
Consider these facts, all preventable by enabling Airplane | Drive Mode:
- 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.
Sign this petition. Help us keep drivers focused on driving.
In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. What if there was a way to prevent it? What if you could simply enable "Airplane | Drive Mode" before you get in your car? We already do it when we get on a plane, let's make it easy to do before we start driving.
Let's prevent these tragedies from happening:Her parents were killed and Jacy was left with unbelievable physical and emotional pain for something that didn’t need to happen. Heather and her fiancé Patrick were to meet her parents at Walt Disney World. Heather’s car and 8 other vehicles were struck from behind by a driver that was sending and receiving text messages.
Please sign this petition so that Mobile Device Manufacturers will change "Airplane Mode" to "Airplane | Drive Mode"
Margay was an extremely bright child. She wanted to be a fighter pilot and more importantly she wanted to be a Blue Angel.
When she was In 8th grade, she was riding home on her school bus when the bus stopped to let some students off. Just then a distracted semi-truck driver who was using his cell phone ran into the back of Margay’s bus at approximately 60 miles an hour. The bus was on fire and I knew that something was terribly wrong. The rescuers were unable to remove her from the burning bus. That is how she died, lying on the bottom of the bus, unable to be rescued and all because someone chose to use their cell phone while driving.
If anyone is tempted to talk or text on their phone, please think of Margay lying on the bottom of that school bus.
We were the most typical, average American family ever. My mom got her teaching degree and spent her whole career as a middle school English teacher.
We were going south, at the same time an 18-wheeler, a tractor trailer, was going north just opposite us. Also, at the same time there was an 18-year-old young man who was driving to visit a friend. He had picked up his phone just to call that friend, never even saw the red light that he went through to make a left.
The 18-wheeler swerved, hit the front of this young man’s car, but he only received minor injuries.
But he hit our car head-on. My parents were killed and I was left with unbelievable physical and emotional pain for something that didn’t need to happen.
On January 3, 2008, Heather and her fiancé Patrick were to meet her parents at Walt Disney World's wedding planner to begin the planning of her dream wedding. That meeting was scheduled for noon. At 11:30 AM, stopped at a traffic signal less than a mile from home Heather’s car and 8 other vehicles were struck from behind by a tractor trailer traveling at 65 miles per hour. Patrick was severely injured and Heather was killed instantly. The reason the tractor trailer failed to notice the 9 vehicles stopped at the signal was that he was sending and receiving text messages from his company at the time of the crash. Dreams were forever ended for Heather and her family who have since made it their passion to end these tragedies that happen far to often on our nations roadways. It is their hope that one person at a time their fondest wish will come true.
Vincent (Vinny) Carbone was a teacher with the Fairfield school district in Connecticut for 26 years before his life changed in a horrific crash that left him permanently injured. He is the married father of 4 and was active in local their church.
It was a bright, sunny and warm Friday afternoon at about 2:00 pm. The other vehicle came around this very curve heading straight at him at great speed. He had nowhere to go. The other driver never hit her brakes. Her car plowed head-on right into him at full speed.
His car ended up on top of the guardrail to my right going in the opposite direction. The police established that the other driver was on Snapchat, but they could not prove the precise time with regards to the crash. She ended up with a simple ticket for being in the wrong lane.
He was in ICU for five weeks. The next two years were filled with more surgeries and continuous painful rehabilitation. 32 procedures in 26 surgeries in a two year period.
He has decided to turn his tragedy into triumph by educating others about the dangers of irresponsible driving choices. Since the crash, Vinny has learned not to fret the small things in life and to relish time spent with his wife of 30 years, his four children, and his close friends. He hopes to get back to teaching in September 2017 after being away from it for two and a half years.
On October 19, 2010, while training with his high school cross country team, Conor Lynch was killed by a distracted, unlicensed, hit-and-run driver. He was 16 years old. The woman who killed him was 18 years old. Coincidentally, this tragedy occurred during National Teen Safe Driving Week. He was training with his high school’s cross country track team. Not just a runner, Conor was a triathlete as well as an accomplished skier, surfer and basketball player. As a child, he was a Cub Scout and played AYSO soccer, club basketball and Sherman Oaks Little League Baseball. He also played tackle football with the South Valley Raiders and freshman football at Notre Dame High School. He competed in the Hansen Dam Triathlon and the Pacific Triathlon. Just two days before his passing, he and a friend biked from Sherman Oaks to Santa Monica, as he often liked to do.
Doug and Drinda's Story
On July 21, 2012, it was a beautiful summer day. Douglas C. Chouinard, Drinda's significant other, and Drinda Carey were preparing to go for a motorcycle ride. Douglas was an avid motorcyclist and encouraged Drinda to get her license. Before leaving there was a discussion on whether Drinda was to ride on his motorcycle or take hers. Two weeks prior, she had completed her motorcycle training class and now held a license. They left the driveway with each of them driving their own motorcycle.
They drove into Massachusetts. They were on Route 2, which is a beautiful scenic road which follows the winding river. They were in Charlemont, Massachusetts. Doug was leading the way with Drinda following behind him with a safe distance between them. They had just come to a four way intersection, stopped, and made a left hand turn, when it happened. Doug was hit by an oncoming car coming around a curve around 3:30 pm. The car was well into their lane. There were guardrails to their right. The car was ¾ into their lane of travel. She watched the crash unfold with a bird’s eye view. Everything was in slow motion. Upon impact, Douglas was airborne, as his bike skidded across the pavement like it was glass, flying motorcycle parts were everywhere. She managed to drive through all of this. She was in shock. She somehow managed to get to the side of the road, dismount and put the kickstand down. She then ran to Douglas and began to give first aid. By this time, there were people beginning to stop. She yelled out into the crowd, She needed a belt in order to control his injuries. A belt appeared. She was able to wrap it around his upper thigh to try and control the bleeding. Douglas was alert and talking to her, although his body was in complete shock. The car that hit him was at a standstill up close to the intersection. The car was not moving from that spot. The driver got out of his car, and came within 20 yards of where Douglas lay. she was only able to yell, "don’t you go anywhere!" Douglas and Drinda had conversation until help arrived. He was taken by ambulance and air lifted to a hospital that could deal with his injuries. Evidently while in the air, they lost him but were able to revive him. By 6 pm, Douglas’s life was lost due to the injuries he sustained by a distracted driver. Cell phone records indicated the driver had used his phone minutes before the crash took place. The driver said he was fiddling with his GPS and never swayed.