App op­tion for drunk driv­ers

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - NONDUMISO MBUYAZI

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.

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