Mo­bile de­vice to tackle driver dis­trac­tions pro­posed by Lin­fox

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Lin­fox plans to in­stall text-block­ing de­vices in its heavy ve­hi­cle fleet in an at­tempt to dis­cour­age its driv­ers from us­ing mo­bile phones while driv­ing.

Hav­ing tested the gad­get late last year, the com­pany says it plans to in­stall the gad­get in its fleet on a trial ba­sis this year.

The de­vice sends a mes­sage to the driver’s telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions provider once the ve­hi­cle is set in mo­tion to stop text mes­sages from be­ing sent or re­ceived, and so­cial me­dia apps to be dis­abled un­til the ve­hi­cle comes to a full stop.

How­ever, the de­vice will al­low nav­i­ga­tion apps and hands-free phone calls dur­ing the trial.

Re­ports sug­gest Victoria Po­lice has plans to en­cour­age the use of this gad­get more widely to com­bat ac­ci­dents as a re­sult of mo­bile phone dis­trac­tions.

Statis­tics show that dur­ing 2015-2016, po­lice is­sued over 29,000 fines to driv­ers for us­ing mo­bile phones while driv­ing, and dur­ing 2014-2015 there were 22 fa­tal ac­ci­dents caused while the driv­ers were ei­ther tex­ting or talk­ing on the phone.

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