James H. Brown & Associates, a proud co-sponsor of an #ENDdistractedDriving event in Innisfree, Alberta
James H. Brown & Associates is proud to sponsor an event in Innisfree, Alberta on March 12th to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
Renaye Wade was the victim of a devastating car crash caused by a Distracted Driver that left her in a coma for over a month. She has since endured numerous surgeries and physical therapy intended to help restore her mobility and speech. When Renaye awoke from her coma, she lost many memories of high school and didn’t remember her boyfriend of over a year. These are just a few examples of the devastating effects associated with a traumatic brain injury.
March 15th, 2016 marks the 3rd anniversary of that tragic day that changed her life. However, Renaye also views it as the day she started on a personal mission to educate others about the dangers of Distracted Driving. Despite the challenges and time-consuming therapy she’s faced, Renaye has travelled the province and has spoken to hundreds of high school students about her personal journey, and the dangers of texting and driving.
With the help of her family and friends, Renaye also created a non-profit organization called RADD (Renaye Against Distracted Driving) so she can continue to educated others.
A formal celebration on March 12th, 2016 is planned to acknowledge Renaye and all that she has accomplished. All funds raised from the formal dinner will help fund Renaye’s continuing effort to #ENDdistractedDriving.
For further information about attending this event, please contact:
Karen Arndt- Nedzielski
RADD Event Organizer
James H. Brown & Associates is proud to combine its #ENDdistractedDriving efforts with those of RADD.ca. In addition to our participation at this year's Glenrose Courage Awards (pictured above), our firm also recently worked directly with RADD.ca on a presentation they gave to students at Vegreville Composite High School. Following a very inspirational presentation by Renaye Wade (pictured above), over 64 students enthusiastically signed a pledge form promising to NEVER text and drive (below).
We hope to support future efforts of Renaye, and this wonderful organization, in our mutual goal to #ENDdistractedDriving.
Did you know that Siri can read you your incoming text and email messages without you even touching your iPhone?
If you have the latest Apple iOS (version 8+), it can. The only catch is that your iPhone must be plugged into a power source in order to receive initial voice command, "Hey Siri". You can then request that Siri read you your most recent text message or email. Any power source will do, such as a car adapter or a portable power supply. Having your iPhone plugged into a power source will allow you to keep the entire process hands-free.
Not only will your Apple device read you that distracting incoming text (when properly configured), Siri will even ask if you would like to respond to the text message using your voice as well. Your spoken words are then automatically converted to written text using Apple's built in voice-recognition software. No additional App required, no hands required, and most importantly, no glancing away from the road.
While this may not completely solve the growing problem of texting while driving, voice commanding Siri is certainly a much less distracting alternative. Of course, there is no substitution for turning off your phone when entering a vehicle. Removing the temptation entirely will always be the best solution.
Why does Siri have to be plugged in to receive voice commands? Well, that is a question best left for the engineers at Apple. However, if I had to venture a guess it would likely be due to the battery drain that is caused by Siri constantly monitoring the microphone for the "Hey Siri" input. The only alternative to "wake-up" Siri is to hold your home button down for 3-4 seconds. However, the simple act of holding your phone could land you a ticket in many Canadian jurisdictions.
But let's face it, a ticket should be the least of your concerns when it comes to the dangers associated with distracted driving.
If you think this little tidbit may protect someone you love, then Share it! And while you're at it, share your thoughts and ideas on how we can all work together to #ENDdistractedDriving.