App option for drunk drivers
ROAD safety has been placed in the palm of motorists’ hands, thanks to recently launched applications (apps) which help prevent drunk drivers.
With a reported 14 000 road fatalities every year – many as a result of drunken driving – two major companies have taken up the challenge of helping drivers get home safely.
TOPS, the liquor sales arm of Spar, has launched a mobile app which will help motorists get home safely after having one too many.
Aptly called the Dryver, the app creates a mobile community network of friends from your cellphone contacts that can be called on for a lift home if you’re over the legal limit.
The app then allows for “designated drivers” to be set up in advance, and communicated to all your registered contacts. “We aim to effect positive change… immediately and in the future,” TOPS group liquor manager Mark Robinson said of the app.
A clever feature which is a musthave for any party person is the “Rescue Me” option, which can be activated if you’re feeling a little too tipsy to contact a friend directly, or in an emergency. Dryver will send out an SOS message with your current location to all on your contact list.
And if all else fails, the Dryver taxi service tab will enable the user to find a taxi in the area to get you home. The app is available free with several smartphones.