Our Vision

We believe the TXT ME L8R® app will impact the world by saving lives. In the United States over 5500 people died last year from distracted driving and about one third of those deaths were attributed directly to texting while driving.

Besides the 5500 deaths there were over 1.5 millions accidents from distracted driving last year. While at first the creator of the app was focused on saving lives he quickly asked himself this question. How many of those accidents crippled, maimed, or disfigured someone for life?

There is a ripple effect for both deaths and accidents. Not only are these people directly affected but also their friends, their family, and everyone around them. So, TXT ME L8R® will impact millions of lives. We want everyone to be able to afford this app because our vision is to make a difference. That’s the reason it is priced at only $4.99 per year. CLICK HERE to purchase.

TXT ME L8R® is a bridge at the crossroads of technology and vulnerability from distracted driving from texting. Distracted driving is a global problem that we believe we have a found a solution to!

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Statistics

Car crashes were the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Every hour of every weekend and every two hours during the week a teenager died in a car crash. (NHTSA)

A national total of 4,842 young drivers (ages 16-20) were killed in motor vehicle crashes. (NHTSA)

Young drivers (15-20) had 59.5 fatal crashes per 100,000 licensed drivers, the highest of all age groups and more than double the amount of any age group over 35. (NHTSA)

 

2007
Young drivers are among the strongest users of cell phones, and they tend to be early adopters and aggressive users of technology. (Lee)

Research suggests many key areas of the brain are still developing during adolescence, including areas involved in regulatory competence, forming judgments and decision making. (Keating) For these reasons, teenage drivers may have greater difficulty than experienced drivers in effectively managing potentially distracting behaviors and situations while driving.

 

2008
In 2008, 5,870 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction, and an estimated 515,000 were injured. (NHTSA)

Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%. (Carnegie Mellon)

In comparison to older drivers, teenagers perceived in-vehicle tasks (such as cell phone use) to involve less risk, and they had higher opinions of their ability to multitask. (Lerner, Singer & Huey)

 

2009
In 2009 the “Word of the Year” by Webster’s New World College Dictionary was “Distracted Driving”.

In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction, and an estimated 448,000 were injured. (NHTSA)

The volume of text messaging across all age groups has gone up and the most active are 13 – 19 year olds. From this group, 34% are sending more than 1000 texts per month on an average.

16% of fatal crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving and 20% of all injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving.

40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. (Pew Research Center)

Teen drivers are more likely than other age groups to be involved in a fatal crash where distraction is reported. (NHTSA)

Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. (VTTI)

Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, at 55mph, that’s the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. (VTTI)

 

2010
In 2010 the Department of Transportation (DOT), conducted a Distracted Driving Summit. There are three types of distraction – visual, manual, and cognitive. Texting while driving is considered the “perfect storm” of distracted driving since it involves all three types of distraction, making it the most dangerous form.

In 2010, the National Safety Council estimates that 28% of all traffic accidents involve drivers using a cell phone. 1.4 million accidents were from using a cell phone and 200,000 are due to texting.

In a study of 4,800 people, more than one third of cell phone users admitted to texting behind the wheel. In the same study, 97% of teenagers and 93% of twenty something’s admitted that they use text messaging.

A growing body of research now suggests that texting may be as common among young drivers, if not more so, than talking on a handheld phone. (Madden & Lenhart, 2009; O’Brien et al., 2010)

 

2011
In the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the US, up nearly 50% from June 2009. (CTIA)

A few studies suggest drivers may be more likely to engage in potentially distracted activities when the driving environment seemed “safer”. (Atchley, Atwood & Boulton)

 

AAA’s study ”Distracted Driving Among Newly Licensed Teen Drivers” they discovered that females were twice as likely as males to be using an electronic device. (AAA Foundation Report)

Generally speaking, electronic device use and other distracted driving behaviors were most common when teens were carrying no passengers. (AAA Foundation Report)

Using a cell phone while driving delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (University of Utah)

Distracted driving is believed to be under-reported in crash records.

Distracted driving, because of electronic device use, increased on the weekends while all other distracted driving behaviors decreased on the weekends.

A few studies using driving simulators have suggested drivers may slow down or increase  following distances when using a cell phone, perhaps to compensate for delayed reaction times.

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Faces of Distraction

The Department of Transportation has compiled a heartbreaking group of those who have been affected by distracted driving. Here are just some of their faces:

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AT&T – It Can Wait

AT&T’s Txtng & Drivng Campaign urges consumers that
‘It Can Wait’. They were featured in a recent episode of “Rock Center” with Brian Williams on NBC News on January 10th, 2013.

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CLICK HERE to link to the source of the video and view it full-size.

This documentary features families affected by texting while behind the wheel and the tragedies that can be created by a moment of distraction.

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Glee

I want to applaud the people at Glee for the episodes “On My Way” and “Big Brother” that aired on February 21, 2012 and April 10, 2012. I believe this is the first television or movie that incorporated Distracted Driving and especially texting into its plot. I want to also applaud the actress, Dianna Agron for taking on this role and having an impact on society.

Both episodes are great examples of the consequences from distracted driving and especially from texting and driving. The first thing that people focus on is the death of the person that was texting or maybe the person that died because of someone that was texting, but a third possibility exists. What if the person or people involved, survived the accident?

Just because these people survived the accident doesn’t mean that they are not crippled, maimed, or disfigured. A drastic life change caused by seconds of distraction.

There is a ripple effect of the people that are directly and indirectly affected by someone’s choice to text or talk and drive. Think about their the parents, their brothers or sisters, and all of their relatives, their friends, neighbors, acquaintances, even strangers. All of the holidays, birthdays, anniversaries will never be the same, every moment is different from then on.

Watch the video from the episode “On My Way” below and remember about the consequences of your choices to text and drive.

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Links

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US Government website for Distracted Driving:

US Government website for Distracted Driving

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

United States Department of Transportation (USDOT):

United States Department of Transportation (USDOT)

USDOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:

USDOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Bureau of Transportation Statistics:

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Governor’s Highway Safety Association – State by State Cell Phone Laws:

Governor’s Highway Safety Association - State by State Cell Phone Laws

National Safety Council:

National Safety Council

California Association of Highway Patrolmen:

California Association of Highway Patrolmen

Impact Teen Drivers:

Impact Teen Drivers

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Take the Pledge

CLICK HERE to purchase the app.

CLICK HERE to download The Pledge promising not text and drive.

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Media

TXT ME L8R® was featured late April 2013 on AZ TV 3 Morning Scramble in Pheonix, AZ. Richard Barrier is spreading the news as fast as he can! Check it out by clicking here!

 

TXT ME L8R® creator, Richard Barrier was interviewed by Natalie Ledwell in San Diego, CA early August 2012. Check it out by clicking here!

 

Richard also shared his story on Rock Star Radio Network through the show “Brilliant Mobile Marketing” with host Mary Barnett. To listen to the broadcast and read the synopsis click here! You can also go straight to the audio for the LIVE BROADCAST.

 

TXT ME L8R® was also feature in an article for the Old Town Orange Plaza Review. Check it out by visiting this link and going to page 22. You will find it on the left hand side!

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You are 23 times more likely to crash if you text while driving.