Kentucky participates in the first national texting enforcement crackdown
Law enforcement agencies join effort to reduce texting while driving, save lives
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 26, 2014) – In conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, law enforcement agencies in Kentucky are stepping up efforts to persuade drivers to put down the phone as part of the first national texting enforcement crackdown – U Drive. U Text. U Pay.
“People need to know that we are serious about stopping this deadly behavior,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, who is Gov. Steve Beshear’s designated representative on highway safety and chair of the Governor’s Executive Committee on Highway Safety.
“We are distributing federal overtime funds to select agencies throughout the state to strictly enforce our anti-texting law. Driving and texting has reached epidemic levels, and enforcement is part of the cure,” Secretary Hancock said.
Violating Kentucky’s texting law, which took effect April 15, 2010, can be costly. Violators will be liable for fines of $25 on a first offense and $50 on each subsequent offense, plus court costs.
The law bans texting for drivers of all ages while the vehicle is in motion. For drivers over 18, it allows the use of global positioning devices and reading, selecting or entering a telephone number or name for the purpose of making a phone call. Texting is allowed only to report illegal activity or to request medical or emergency aid.
For drivers under 18, no use of personal communication devices, such as cell phones and pagers, is allowed while the vehicle is in motion. The use of a global positioning system is allowed, but manually entering information must be completed while the vehicle is stopped.
“When you text while driving, you take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving,” Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) Director Bill Bell said. “That puts everyone else’s lives in danger, and no one has the right to do that on our roadways.”
Adding one more tool to combat texting and driving, KOHS partnered with Mobile Life Solutions on a “Text Limit” application.
The “Text Limit” app, available at www.textlimit.com, eliminates the temptation to text and drive by limiting or disabling the ability to receive a text once your vehicle reaches a set speed that you determine. Once the vehicle slows to your selected speed, the phone features become active again. Also, you may set a “maximum top-speed” that will cause the administrator to receive an email or text when the vehicle in which the phone is being transported exceeds the selected speed.
The cost is $24.99 per year, but with the code NOTEXTKY it is free for the first year for Kentucky residents.
“This is an excellent way for parents to make sure their teen drivers cannot receive or send a text while driving, and for companies to manage texting while their drivers are behind the wheel of a fleet vehicle,” Bell said.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,328 people killed and 421,000 injured nationwide in distraction-affected crashes in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available. The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute reports that a quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive, and 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.
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Kentucky Introduces Program to Stop Texting and Driving with Textlimit
New App Stops Distracted Driving; Works with iPhone, Android, Blackberry
Mobile Life Solutions' new mobile app, Textlimit will end the dangerous practice of texting and
driving. More than 40 states have already enacted legislation to outlaw texting while driving.
Atlanta, GA August 27, 2013 -- In the wake of a wave of newly enacted and newly proposed
“texting and driving” laws nationwide, comes the introduction of TextLimit, www.textlimit.com – the only
mobile application that empowers subscribers, especially parents of teenage drivers and employers to remotely
inhibit text messaging and other features of the phone while their child or employee is behind the wheel.
Deterrent vs. Solution
“Distracted driving has become one of the biggest issues on the roads today. Despite passing laws making the
activity of texting and driving illegal, accidents involving injuries and fatalities are still on the rise. Our app,
Textlimit stops the practice of distracted driving. Every parent with a teen driver or company with employees
on the road should be using this new technology,” says Mobile Life Solutions Chief Executive Officer David
Mobile Life Solutions’ TextLimit application is now available for download in the Apple App Store, Google
Play store or Blackberry world. The Windows version will be available in the next 30 days. Textlimit works
with iPhone, Android and Blackberry is the only app like it available for these phones.
How Text Limit Works
TextLimit allows the administrator to set the speed at which the phone’s touch screen will become inhibited
which makes it impossible to text and drive. Additionally, the administrator may set an upper speed that if the
phone exceeds that speed the administrator is notified via SMS or email. The administrator may also set “go
through” numbers, which will ring through to the phone even when the screen is blocked. Another added
benefit is the ability for the administrator to locate the phone at anytime. The app broadcasts its location every 5
Effective & Reliable
“The TextLimit application has been in development for more than a year,” says Meers, “There is no other antitexting-
while-driving application or device similar in price, ease-of-use and efficiency in the marketplace
today.” “Limiting employees ability to text and drive is rapidly becoming a serious workplace issue as lawsuit
payouts have skyrocketed due to accidents of workers while texting and driving,” added Meers.
APP Download Availability
The app is available today for download in the Apple App Store, Google Play store and Blackberry World.
Meers, the father of two college-age daughters, who have friends that have been involved in serious texting and
driving traffic accidents, says, “Unfortunately, advanced technologies require more parental and employer
control than ever before.”
He explains, “We’ve gone from monitoring what our kids are watching on TV at home to making sure they are
not sending a short text that could cause harm to themselves or someone else while driving. There’s only way to
do that, with the new TextLimit application.”
Meers emphasizes, “This is about mandatory control administered by a parent or employer. This is about taking
a simple precaution to keep your kids or employees safe” he explains. “You know kids and employees are
going to succumb to the temptation of using their phones while driving. It’s up to the parent or employer to stop
them before something terrible happens.” When asked why he put the time and money into the development of
TextLimit? “I was the worst offender and my daughters encouraged me to do something to stop texting and
Possible Auto-Insurance Prerequisite
According to Meers, “Mobile Life Solutions plans to seek the interest of the auto insurance industry.”
He speculates, “Once insurance companies review the data and independently test TextLimit, Mobile Life
Solutions hopes to persuade insurers to offer discounts to policy holders that use Text Limit or even require
TextLimit for their recently licensed drivers as well as those policy holders that operate a fleet of vehicles.
“More than 3,500 people were killed and over 400,000 people injured in distracted driving accidents in 2011,”
says Meers. “Insurance companies have a vested interest in reducing the number of distracted driving accidents.
TextLimit is the solution.”
Meers says, “Mobile Life Solutions will seek third-party endorsements for the TextLimit application from
government and law enforcement agencies and associations, automobile clubs and concerned parent groups.”
“Third-party advocacy adds credibility, which is important to the wide spread use of TextLimit,” says Meers.
“We want law enforcement organizations, auto clubs, insurance companies, and parent teacher associations to
independently test TextLimit and report their findings.”
Meers believes, “Once these people experience TextLimit’s functionality, they will realize the lifesaving
technological significance of this ‘app’ – particularly as Americans increasingly become aware of or personally
experience the tragic aftermath of distracted driving accidents.
In some states, parents can be held liable for the actions of their children and companies have already
experienced the high cost of legal actions due to distracted driving. In one case, the victim of an accident
involving a Coca Cola driver was awarded over $21 million as a result of a distracted driving accident. “The
problem is serious and everyday it is becoming more and more top of mind,” added Meers.
About Mobile Life Solutions, LLC
Mobile Life Solutions, LLC is an Atlanta & Louisville-based developer and marketer of mobile applications. The company
has patents pending on its TextLimit mobile app, which would end distracted driving. Additionally, the
company will be launching an aviation website soon which will provide an online marketplace for aircraft
charter and aircraft sales companies. The company was founded in 2012 and is privately held.
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