A Parks Student Stops Distracted Driving
January 27, 2010
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Parks College News
A recently released study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that truck drivers who were texting were 23 times more at risk of a “crash or near crash event” than “undistracted driving.”
Distracted driving is a blatant problem on American roadways. This past summer, after sitting at an intersection and realizing that the drivers with cell phones outnumbered the drivers without cell phones, Ginny Foster decided to find a solution. That solution is Phone Blox ™.
Foster, an electrical engineering student at Saint Louis University, spent the duration of the summer in a basement designing, testing and building Phone Blox. This new invention has the potential to save thousands of lives because it eliminates driver distraction. A passive device, Phone Blox does not interfere with the signals of passenger cell phones. Yet it successfully blocks the incoming texts and calls of drivers’ cell phones, providing a physical barrier between driver and cell phone for the duration of the trip. With Phone Blox, drivers will keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.
A few weeks ago, the United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood hosted the Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C., calling for solutions to the problem of distracted driving. This past Tuesday, Foster and another student, drove to Galesburg, Illinois to meet Secretary LaHood, and presented him with Foster’s idea. Their picture was posted in the Galesburg news.
Foster is actively distributing her product to public transit authorities across the United State and seeking additional applications for the use of Phone Blox. She has registered her company, RedLine Electronics, and plans to create more low-cost solutions for today’s problems. For more information, visit www.redlineelectronics.com. You can also contact RedLine owner, Ginny Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org.