There were a couple more interesting things I came across while reading about Texting and Driving.
- ReportTexting.Org: Whether or not you want to call the police on a driver who is texting, it might be interesting to post their information to this website: reporttexting.org/. Now I have to admit, I’m not positive they’re active. The site started in 2011 and the last update was 2015, but I’m poking around to see if I can get in touch with the people who put it up.
Nevertheless, their initial information was interesting. Do keep in mind, though, that any kind of voluntary reporting of this kind means the data will be skewed. It will not only reflect how often this occurs, but whether or not people in a given state are willing to report it.
- Rate Driver.com: This is another voluntary reporting site, so remember that the data might be more interesting than accurate. You can look at any licence plate number in any state and see if there are any comments about how well or poorly they drive.
The home page at rate-driver.com has a dropdown from which you can choose a state, they key in a license place number. You can also click on “Comments” for recently reported incidents or on “Driver’s Rankings” to see the best and worst drivers across the nation, month by month. (I wonder how often people report considerate drivers?)
You might or might not find this information interesting. One thing that fascinates me, though, is that sites like this exist. It does show the power of the Internet to allow people to communicate with one another about topics that interest or concern them.
I don’t know if it’ll lead to changes in the behavior of any of the drivers who show up here, but I can say one thing: I’m kind of proud to say that I didn’t show up on either site.