After spending years talking about its commitment to reducing distracted driving, smartphone manufacturer Apple earlier this month unveiled an enhanced "do not disturb" mode in its upcoming iPhone operating system.
Imagine getting an early start on your cross country road trip at 4 a.m. The traffic will be light, so you will be able to log some serious miles before the rush hits. As you drive out of town, a car you were passing veers into your lane, so you take evasive action to avoid it. You had to put your car in a ditch to avoid the other driver.
The preponderance of texts that are sent on a daily basis in the United States is staggering, and a sizeable portion of these texts are sent by drivers of motor vehicles. As of December 2014, there were roughly 169.3 billion texts sent every month in the United States and its territories. That number has surely only increased since then. Add this to the fact that 3,179 people were killed and another 431,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents in 2014, and the problem is clear.