Andrew Irwin, a mobile application developer from Westport, Co. Mayo, has recently released a new app which aims to promote safer driving among road users. The app, titled 'Drive Safe', is being promoted in a campaign launched in Mayo which encourages road users to download the app, which determines when the phone user is driving and prevents them being distracted by notifications, calls and messages.
The app is becoming increasingly popular and is currently used in 61 countries worldwide and over 700 cities. Over half of the app users are from the US, with the most popular cities being California, Los Angelos and Houston Texas.
Speaking about the app, Andrew said that 'Drive Safe' comes with several very useful features, such as an Auto Start function which takes speed and phone sensor information into account to determine if the user is driving, as well as a customisable Auto Reply function which immediately notifies callers and texters that the recipient is driving and will reply when they complete their trip.
Driving time is increased for young adults and teenagers during the summer months, and it is critical that they give their full concentration and focus while driving. Noel Gibbons, Mayo's road safety officer, said concerning the subject that it is very important to change the general attitude towards driving while texting, which is a very serious act of negligence while on the roads and is a major cause behind road accidents.
The campaign hopes to increase awareness of road safety concerning mobile phone use, especially targeting young drivers who are more easily distracted and also more susceptible to taking risks than older drivers. Road users are encouraged to download and use the app, which can be downloaded free here, and to remember at all times to Drive Safe.