Kids Non-Profit Organization's second project is to develop Apps for smartphones promoting road safety:
The KidzCall App is for pedestrians walking or jogging by a road at night. By using the KidzCall App the pedestrian's phone will become a beacon, allowing them to be seen from 5 times further away.
The SMS App targets a modern teen killer: it answers incoming messages while the user is driving or cycling.
Be a star at night
The KidzCall App, is an iOS and Android application that starts automatically as soon as you walk or run in the dark, and suddenly your phone is a road safety beacon during your evening walks.
Kids Non-Profit Organization is developing an app for smartphones that uses the flash and screen of the smartphone to emit a flashing light on both sides of the phone, as a beacon in the dark. The sequence of light is not disturbing, nor drains the batteries more than any other smartphone application.
By using the KidzCall App when walking or jogging in the evening, you will be seen at a five times further away than without, giving drivers crucial time to stop or swerve around.
Be visible by wearing light-colored and reflective clothing. Drivers are often not expecting walkers to be out after dark, and you need to give them every chance to see you, even at street crossings that have crossing signals.
Also remember to just be as cautious at dawn or twilight, as drivers still have limited visibility or may even have the setting or rising sun directly in their eyes. Walk on the side of the road opposing traffic when there is no separate sidewalk. This way you will see the cars approaching you.
You're an instant star. Just use KidzCall and walk safer
TIME TO LOOK FORWARD
Last year Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, outlined the latest US statistics that showed that more teenagers are killed in the United States because of texting behind the wheel than drinking!
Texting while driving makes a driver 23 times more likely to crash. According to the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, texting while driving kills 11 teens each day; 46% of drivers under 18 admit to texting while driving.
In 2012, the National Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviours found nearly half (48%) of drivers admitted to answering their cell phone while driving. Of those who answer their phones while driving, 58% of drivers continue to drive while talking on the phone.
Kids Non-Profit Organization is developing an app for smartphones preventing drivers from being disturbed by SMS and other messages while driving. This application allows the smartphone to automatically answer all incoming messages, while driving or cycling, with a pre-defined message saying, “I am driving and will get back to you once I have arrived”.
The app runs in the background and starts only once the person is driving or cycling. Once they arrive at their destination an SMS is sent detailing all messages received during the trip.
More and more of us are texting, navigating, and talking on cell phones while walking, and pedestrian accidents are increasing. Ohio State University researchers used emergency room data compiled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. From 2003 to 2015, the injuries sustained while walking and using a mobile phone doubled, and increased as a percentage of the total pedestrian injuries.
Researchers from the University of Washington monitored 20 of Seattle's busiest intersections and observed the following:
- Pedestrians who text are four times less likely to look before crossing the street, cross in crosswalks, or obey traffic signals.
- They also found that texting pedestrians take an average of two seconds longer to cross the street.