Text to Ticket is a Sacramento-based startup that wants to give $5 to people who report drivers who are texting while driving. The app is receiving support from former mayor Kevin Johnson and also has a non-disclosure agreement with a California city.
Johnson said “As the former President of the US Conference of Mayors, I’ve traveled across the country visiting cities looking to innovate and become the next 3.0 city. Text To Ticket, not only innovates and streamlines processes for the government, but enables the community to play an active and engaged role in improving their city. Text To Ticket has a unique platform that every city looking to transform itself into a hub of innovation and technology, a 3.0 city, should adopt.”
Steve Nguyen, cofounder of Text to Ticket, recently announced that the Startup has partnered with SeedInvest, an online investing platform, which was a major step in raising investment capital. The mobile app is also backed by 500 additional Startups.
In the U.S., approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices every minute of any given day. In the state of California, a police officer has to observe an infraction in order to write a ticket, so most of these distracted drivers don’t get tickets. Founders of Text to Ticket hope the use of the app will assist police officers and alleviate some of their workload.
The app will not allow people to capture distracted drivers while driving themselves.
“Whenever we launch the app… they have to click a disclaimer that they aren’t texting and driving using the app,” Nguyen said. “Another thing that comes into play is that we review every video and during that review process… we can verify whether that user is driving and trying to submit a video at the same time.”
While there may be some concerns with this new app, officials agree that something must be done to keep people from texting while driving. Below are some distracted driving statistics to keep in mind:
- Sending or receiving a text while driving is equivalent to driving blind going 55 MPH for the entire length of a football field.
- 27% of distracted drivers are in their 20s.
- 33% of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes are in their 20s.
- In 2015, 3,477 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.