Social Media Apps are Too Dangerous to Use While Driving - EndDD.org Joins with the Partnership for Distraction-Free Driving to Launch a Petition to Save Lives

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Social Media Apps, often even more engaging and distracting than texting, have become a leading cause of distracted driving.

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We believe that manufacturers of social media apps have a responsibility to warn users not to drive while using their apps, and, in some cases, to disable the app so that it can not be used while driving

Distracted driving kills more than 10 people every day and injures more than 1,000. Distracted driving disproportionately affects teens with more than 50% of teen crashes now thought to be caused by distracted driving. In addition to texting while driving, more and more crashes are being caused by drivers using social media apps. Teens are among the biggest users of social media apps on smartphones.

Recently, a lawsuit was filed against an 18 year old using Snapchat while allegedly going more than 100 mph causing a serious crash. End Distracted Driving Founder Joel Feldman authored this article about that incident .

"We believe that manufacturers of social media apps have a responsibility to warn users not to drive while using their apps, and, in some cases, to disable the app so that it can not be used while driving," said Feldman. "Do you want those you care about to be in a car next to a driver who is using Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, or any other non-driving essential app?"

To reduce distracted driving crashes End Distracted Driving (EndDD.org) has joined the Partnership for Distraction-Free Driving in launching a petition drive to encourage social media companies to do the following:

  • Incorporate a warning screen for their apps reminding drivers not to use the app when driving, or, as is the case with Waze have a message pop-up saying “Typing is disabled while driving. Please try again when stopped!”
  • Issue a public statement encouraging drivers not to use their apps while driving
  • Partner with highway safety advocates to develop responsible public policy discouraging the use of social media apps while driving

How can you help?

Sign our Petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/distracteddrivingpetition and ask your friends to sign the Petition. Working together we can reduce distracted driving and keep those we care about safe.

About the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation and EndDD.org

In July of 2009 Casey Feldman was killed by a distracted driver. EndDD.org (End Distracted Driving) was created to reduce distracted driving through public safety and educational campaigns. EndDD.org provides science-based presentations to middle school, high school and college students, as well as adults, parents and businesses. To date EndDD.org presentations have been seen by nearly 300,000 teens and adults across the US and Canada. For more information contact Joel Feldman, Esq., MS at info(at)EndDD(dot)org

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