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The #HandsOff Movement Battles Distractive Driving


The wife of a man who was tragically killed in a bicycle accident has launched a smartphone app to encourage drivers to be more responsible while behind the wheel. The California woman lost her husband in 2013 when a distracted Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy struck and killed her husband in Calabasas. The deputy was typing on his computer when he struck the bicyclist. The #Handsoff app is a free application which encourages motorist to pledge a promise to abstain from using their devices while operating a vehicle.

Users of #Handsoff app can earn points to qualify for prizes such as gift cards, merchandise, and concert tickets as well as share short videos of themselves taking the pledge and inviting others to do the same. Anyone with a smart device can download the app to their phone and make the pledge. Points are then accumulated if the phone is not in use once the user reaches a certain speed in their vehicle. The app is gaining national recognition through celebrity approval.

The app is just one of the pieces of the #HandsOff movement which is working with manufacturers of mobile technologies to encourage hands-off innovation for customers. The #HandsOff movement hopes to reach 200,000 users by the end of summer and is reaching out to social medias such a Facebook to develop a partnership. The #HandsOff movement is focused on not just gaining nationwide support but seeks worldwide users to battle the epidemic of distracted driving.

Missouri has one of the most lenient laws on cell phone use while driving in the country. Distracted driving is an epidemic on Missouri roadways. The St. Louis auto accident attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, are devoted to helping victims who have been injured by a distracted driver. Contact our offices today and schedule a free legal consultation.

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