Life is too short for it to end because of something as trivial as looking down at your cell phone for a second or two. But, unfortunately that judgment falls on too many before they can escape death’s grasp. Fortunately, even the swirling thoughts that surround the tragedy of distracted driving can resurrect a life saving solution – in this case from emotion and a desire to save lives one man saw the necessity to develop a device that did just that.
Dave Sueper was headed to a business meeting with Colorado entrepreneur Scott Tibbits, a chemical engineer who made engines for NASA, when he was senselessly hit by a teenage distracted driver in 2008 – forever changing the course of history for Sueper’s wife and promising new business partner.
“That’s the event, you know, that changed my life, and changed Diane’s life,” said Tibbits.2
A Quick Look at the Stats & Facts of Distract Driving
In 2013, distracted driving claimed the lives of more than 3,000 people, according to the Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving. Distracted driving is the cause of more than 1.6 million traffic accidents a year, and texting while driving is the new number one cause of traffic-related deaths among teen drivers.1
Through Sadness a Hopeful Solution Arises
It took seven years of pondering, sulking, and solemn reflection to finally produce the desire, energy, and creativity it took to develop and launch the Groove, which is a small portable devise that plugs into most vehicles and blocks smart phones from sending or receiving data. The device still allows calls to go through, but texts, emails and social media are blocked until the driver gets to their final destination and unplugs it.
The Groove is compatible with any phone. The system works with the phone carrier for each phone to block data transmission. Ready Mobile is one carrier that sells the application device starting at $30 for accounts with 1 gigabyte of data usage. You’ll have to check with your carrier to see if they currently support the Groove. Here are a few other features for the Groove:
- Works with any smart or cell phone
- Installs in just 30 seconds
- System knows when and when not to block distractions
- Currently the only carrier-level solution
- Module plugs in under the steering wheel and compatible with all vehicles since 1996
- No software required
What is Distracted Driving?
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the following is a list of actions that are considered distracted driving:
- Using a smart phone or cell phone
- Drinking or eating food
- Conversing with other passengers
- Grooming in the vehicle
- Reading or studying maps
- Using a GPS navigation system
- Watching a movie or video
Contact an Experienced Denver Car Accident Attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident and the driver at fault was distracted driving, contact a Denver Car Accident Attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C. for help with your financial recovery. Contact us by calling (720) 613-6736 or (303) 539-5425, or by emailing us via the contact form on this page. We offer free initial consultations, and there is no fee for our services if there is no recovery in your case.
1“Texting And Driving: A New Device, Groove, Might Be The Answer To End Distracted Driving” published in Headlines & Global News, December 2014.
2“Tragedy Inspires Potential Solution To Distracted Driving” published in a CBS News story, December 2015.