While technology has helped us in many different areas of life, there are areas where it has also caused a negative impact. One such area is the usage of phones contributing to distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2017 distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,166 people. The National Safety Council reports that mobile use is now the leading cause of death for drivers, contributing to a fatality every 30 seconds. Luckily, there is still hope.
A new app called “OnMyWay” aims to reduce these scary statistics by incentivizing drivers to keep their hands off of their phones and their eyes and ears on the road. And what better incentive is there than money? The OnMyWay app will actually pay its users to refrain from using their cell phones while they drive.
The name of the app comes from the idea that most of the individuals who text while driving are doing so to inform the individuals whom they are meeting as to their distance and ETA. To combat this, the app creates a custom webpage that connects the driver with the individual(s) that he or she is on the way to meet. Individuals who are invited can follow the website from their phone, computer, or tablet, for real-time updates on the driver’s ETA.
The OnMyWay App Uses Proprietary Technology
To do so, the app uses proprietary technology that can identify when someone is moving at least 10-12 mph. So long as your phone remains unlocked, you will receive money for every mile that you drive safely. This money can then be redeemed through specific retailers that are featured in the app. It costs nothing for retailers to join – unless a customer redeems their money with them. To boot, it costs customers nothing; it can be downloaded for free onto an iPhone.
In other words, not only does the app support and promote local businesses, but it also encourages drivers to pay full attention to the road. Though created in South Carolina, the app’s creators are seeking to attract more national retailers, such as Amazon, which has already come on board. Though the app hopes to soon provide users with more upfront savings and offers, at present time a user must link a credit card to the app. They only receive cashback after they have paid full price for products.
Though security remains a concern of money, the founders of the app have taken proactive measures to ensure that customer information is safely secured. This includes the encryption of their system and their reliance upon highly reputable third party Software Company. (Many major companies, including Venmo, also employ the same company.)
Hancock Law Firm Helps Those in NC Who Have Been Cited for Using Their Phone While Driving
If you have been ticketed for texting or using your phone while driving it is in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced North Carolina Traffic Violation attorney. At Hancock Law Firm, PLLC, we will work hard to get your ticket minimized or even dismissed. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!