TxDOT Believes This 700-Pound Smashed Smartphone Will Make You a Safer Driver

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Jeff Salzgeber -- TxDOT
This is your phone on drugs.

The Texas Department of Transportation really, like seriously this time, thinks it's time for you to stop using your phone while you drive. They would also like all of us to stop eating, grooming and reading -- although presumably not road signs -- while operating our various means of conveyance.

They -- and Derek Holland and Oprah and yes, even noted lover of safe behavior Justin Bieber -- have been telling all of us this for a while, but, according to statistics released by the agency, we haven't been getting the message. So this summer, the agency is bringing props.

At a press event held in Fort Worth on Wednesday, TxDOT debuted a car-sized smashed-looking phone -- by the looks of it, an iPhone 4 or 4S -- that is meant to dissuade those who see it from so much as glancing in the general direction of their phones while engaging in any sort of moving use of a motor vehicle.

While the car-sized smartphone is probably a little much, TxDOT's heart seems to be in the right place. The agency says that 505 people died and 19,981 were seriously injured in Texas in distracted driving crashes last year. Drivers 16 to 24 and over 44 have an especially high risk of being in a distracted driving-influenced collision, TxDOT says.

Anyway, TxDOT just wants you to pay "100 percent undivided attention" when you drive. Take it from our giant new smartphone overlord.

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ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

I really really really wish they would ban all hands on cell use in the car by the driver.  The lady in front of me on 30 yesterday had her left hand on her phone on top of the steering wheel, right in her line of sight from Sylvan all the way to Eastchase in Ft Worth.  Swerving, riding her brakes, going from 80 back to 55, for 22 minutes.  She really should have been pulled over.


Oh and it should be a $500 fine too.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

I like the extensive coverage that phone would provide.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Most distracting thing in my car is a child.  I guess I ought to leave those at home.

unclescrappy
unclescrappy

Well some PHONE REPAIR business is going to get a great advertisement in a year or so when they sell that thing off.


TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Pretty convincing. No-one wants to risk this sort of damage their phone.

OxbowIncident
OxbowIncident

That is great! But how does TxDot expect us to register for these new toll lanes in the required 15 min. before we get there?

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

@roo_ster  No shit Rooster, them jackals are playing grabass all the way home...wish it twas the olden days like when my folks would make us ride in the back of the truck...we thought it was cool as hell though.  Kids are dumb and loud.

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

@roo_ster  Just make them ride on the hood and trunk.  What's the worst that could happen?

theslowpath
theslowpath

@OxbowIncident Funny. It's actually that you need to register your trip a minimum of 15 min before. I think they expect most people to do it from home. But you're right, most will do it from their phone, in their car. 


JustSaying
JustSaying

@ColonelAngus @roo_ster  I blame the changes in society. When I was a kid, a simple "don't make me pull this car over" was enough to get me to chill the fuck out. I actually believed that getting an ass whipping on the side of the road was a real possibility.

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