The problem of our roads being filled with distracted drivers, especially multi-tasking teen-age drivers, is only going to get worse as mobile technology advances and becomes more available
Doylestown, PA (PRWEB) March 28, 2009
In spite of recent state government laws to ban or restrict motorists from using hand-held mobile devices while driving, early indications have shown that Americans simply are not ready to hang up and drive.
The Governors Highway Safety Association and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently agreed that cell phone use while driving is dangerous, but said it would be difficult to enforce a ban. Instead of using ineffective legislation to address the issue, Pennsylvania-based Trinity-Noble (http://www.trinitynoble.com) announced today that its state-of-art technology, Guardian Angel, is the only current workable solution to this growing problem.
The Guardian Angel, with patented Celltinel technology, transmits low-frequency signals that inhibit the use of cellular devices within a focused immediate area. The device prevents drivers operating any type of vehicle from using a mobile device if they exceed a certain speed, currently 15 miles per hour. In states that allow a hands-free device for drivers, the Guardian Angel can be configured to work with a Bluetooth-enabled kit, allowing the driver to make calls.
"The returns are in, and it's clear that laws banning drivers from using their cell phones are not working," said Joe Brennan, CEO of Trinity-Noble. "Legislation may be a starting point, but this problem isn't going to be solved by enacting laws that are impossible to enforce. It's going to be solved through technology."
Early this year, lawmakers, advocates and law enforcement officials in Washington State - one of the six states that ban the use of hand-held cell phones - agreed that initially drivers were talking less when the law took effect last July, but said cell phone use started creeping back up since then. A Washington State Patrol official estimated that officers see one in three people on cell phones and that people seem to be "ignoring the law." It has essentially been the same story in the five other states that have enacted laws, including New York, where the insurance institute found that drivers went back to their old habits after the initial crackdown.
In Oregon, which bans cell phone use for teen-age drivers, enforcement has resulted in "a swing and a miss," according to one local police chief. In North Carolina, an insurance institute study showed that teen drivers actually used their cell phones more often after that state made it a primary violation for drivers under the age of 18.
"The thought of teen-age drivers using their mobile devices even more is really scary," said Brennan. "Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American teenagers, killing between 5,000 and 6,000 every year for the past decade. The primary causes are usually driver error, which includes using cell phones while driving. This is the main demographic where our technology can really make a major difference in saving lives."
Trinity-Noble is currently seeking approval for its technology from the FCC, the United States Senate and the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA). In order to sell the product in the U.S., Trinity-Noble first must receive approval from the federal government, which would include an allowance to statute 333 of the 1934 Communications Act, which outlaws the selling of devices that jam radio signals.
"The problem of our roads being filled with distracted drivers, especially multi-tasking teen-age drivers, is only going to get worse as mobile technology advances and becomes more available," said Brennan. "We sincerely hope the federal government sees the value in our technology and recognizes that legislation alone won't solve this problem. Simply put, if the Guardian Angel receives approval by the Senate and/or the FCC and saves just one life, then our entire endeavor would be worth it."
Founded in 2007, Trinity-Noble, LLC, (http://www.trinitynoble.com) is dedicated to the purpose of saving lives, preventing accidents and property loss due to illegal cell phone use by drivers. Our combined 75 years of experience in business and RF Technology, designing novel technologies for military and intelligence purposes has allowed us to secure intellectual property rights that will allow Trinity-Noble, LLC to provide the United States and the world with a solution to a broadening problem on roads and highways the world over: distracted driving due to text messaging, talking, and surfing the Internet while behind the wheel.