A pizza delivery driver flagged for speeding in Victoria Friday night is facing an even heftier fine after police found him using FaceTime while driving.
Victoria Police called out the fast food driver on Twitter for his alleged abuse of the app. Legal experts say incidents of drivers using Apple’s video calling app are more common than expected.
A distracted driving enforcement project in September saw Victoria Police traffic officers issue 74 tickets to drivers for using electronic devices behind the wheel.
ICBC says on average, 77 people die every year in crashes where distracted driving is a contributing factor — a devastating reminder to hold that FaceTime call for when you’re parked at home.
We all know enforcement is not enough. It will take a combination of enforcement, education, and technology to deal with the distracted driving epidemic.
eBrake, is uniquely positioned to help reduce distracted driving in fleets, and to protect gig economy contract workers and companies like Uber, Lyft, and Skip the Dishes to name a few, from multi-million dollar liability lawsuits.
eBrake is an effective tool to protect against distracted driving because, unlike other solutions in the market, eBrake cannot be "gamed" or simply "turned off" by a driver when driving. It blocks a driver from using their device while driving AND removes incoming notification distractions.
Here are a few eBrake features:
- Automatically locks device when motion is detected
- Blocks incoming notifications / distractions
- Driver cannot unlock device when driving
- No hardware
- Very inexpensive
- Easily deployed to fleet mobile devices through company MDMs (mobile device management platforms)
- Available shortly for any Android user in the Google Play Store
eBrake completely eliminates the temptation for a driver to pick up and use his device - be it to text, check social media, FaceTime ... anything. Not only does this greatly reduce the chances of a distracted driving-related crash, it gives fleet owners peace of mind knowing their drivers (and brand) are safe.