Grimes, Iowa –Statistics are being released daily about the devastating correlation between texting and driving. Shade Tree Auto Repair in Grimes wants to help protect Iowans by giving away a FREE iPad this December to people who install a FREE “no-texting while driving” app on to their cell phone. The contest is easy; Install the app, stop into the repair shop in Grimes (3450 Miehe Dr #5) and show proof of the installed app. One winner will be chosen at random and the iPad will be announced on December 14, 2012 on the Shade Tree Auto facebook page (www.facebook.com/ShadeTreeAuto).
Clint Dudley, owner of Shade Tree Auto says “There are dozens of free apps that will disable the cell phones’ keypad when the GPS indicates the car is driving at more than 25 mph. When you text and drive, you take your hands off the wheel and your concentration drops significantly. Not only is that dangerous for the driver, but anyone else on the road or sidewalks. We want to help encourage the use of these apps by giving away the new iPad. Hopefully, this will be incentive enough for people to want to change habits.”
New information was released recently about texting and driving from the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
- ·Each year in Iowa, an average of ten people die and nearly 1,000 people are hurt in around 1,800 distracted-driving crashes.
- ·That’s nearly three people hurt each day in Iowa due to texting and driving.
- ·Additionally, a report from the National Safety Council found more than one out of every four traffic crashes is caused by people talking on cell phones or sending text messages.
- ·Virginia Tech Transportation Institute research indicates that texting takes your eyes off the road an average of five seconds at a time and at 55 mph, that is like driving the length of a football field – completely blind.
- ·According to that same research, texting makes drivers 23 times more likely to crash.