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Cellcontrol Featured in Wall Street Journal: America’s Truckers Embrace Big Brother After Costing Insurers Millions

By Cellcontrol Team | 6 June, 2017
By Leslie Scism - leslie.scism@wsj.com | June 4, 2017 8:00 a.m. ET
Link to Article: http://bit.ly/cellcontrol-savings652017
Insurers have a message for America’s truckers: Let us monitor your every move or we might take away your coverage.

Behind the push are surging losses for many insurance companies as an improved economy hasled to more crowded roads and more accidents. Meanwhile, smartphones have proliferated, increasing distracted driving. Last year, the commercial auto-insurance industry lost an estimated $716 million before taxes on policies, as costs totaled nearly $112 for every $100 of premium they  collected, according to researchers at investment management firm Conning Inc.
 
The business line’s underwriting results have been deteriorating since 2011, and are at their worst level since 2001, according to data collected from insurers by ratings firm A.M. Best.

To keep losses from repeating, insurers are increasing premiums across much of a business that generated $28 billion in premiums last year. Increases have ranged from low-single-digit percentages to 30% a year, companies and brokers say. Some insurers have even exited certain types of coverage altogether, including American International Group Inc.

Insurers are more likely to renew coverage, however, if a customer adopts sometimes-invasive technology. As a result, a wide range of commercial operators are installing cameras in the cabs of their vehicles, and cellphone applications to block use while a vehicle is in motion.

“We’re in the same boat as everyone else who operates a fleet in Atlanta: how to not lose our coverage,” said Ellis Lowe, human-resources manager at Estes Services, a heating and air-conditioning firm. “Insurance companies are tightening up.” Estes’s annual premium for auto insurance, in the low six figures, has risen more than 20% over the past two years, Mr. Lowe said. The firm just finished installing a program called Cellcontrol on phones of 112 technicians. The technology detects a vehicle’s motion and can be programmed to prevent drivers from any calling, app use, texting and emailing unless the vehicle is stopped, said Robert Guba, chief executive of Cellcontrol.
 
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N.Y. County Court Turns to Tech to Beat Distracted Driving - Government Technology Magazine

By Cellcontrol Team | 6 June, 2017

Imagine texting at a stoplight when a police officer pulls up next to you. Sure, you knew better, but now there's a ticket with your name on it. While you could pay the fines, take the marks against your record and just move on — tail tucked firmly between your legs — you might also get a chance to wipe your record clean if you live in New York’s Nassau County.

Like many other states, New York has a law on the books limiting the use of handheld mobile devices while operating moving vehicles. And like many other states, has caught a fair number of citizens using them despite the law.

The Nassau County Distracted Driver Education program allows offenders to install a specialized device in their vehicle, which monitors their use of smartphones while in motion. If after 90 days, the enrollee hasn’t flunked out of the program, the marks against his or her record are expunged.

There are some upfront costs associated with participation in the program. In addition to paying the fines that come from a distracted driving citation (between $50 and $400) and the cost of the in-car device (roughly $112), but on the balance, it beats accumulating the five points toward a suspended driver’s license. In New York, 11 points in 18 months, can equate to a suspension. 

Cellcontrol is the company behind the how of the county program, and as marketing Vice President Jesse Hoggard explained, is helping the local government get a better grasp on the serious issue. 

“They were writing a fairly large amount of distracted driving-related tickets on a monthly basis ... and a good portion of these, probably 30 to 40 percent of those tickets every month, were repeat offenders,” he said. “The leadership in Nassau County [Traffic & Parking Violations Agency] really just kind of got tired of that behavior and almost kind of a disregard for the law.”

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Cellcontrol Major Answer for Your Kids and Distracted Driving - Corpus Christi Caller Times

By Cellcontrol Team | 10 April, 2017

Cellcontrol was featured in a story on distracted driving in the Corpus Christi Caller Times. More attention has been brought to the epidemic of distracted driving following a tragic crash that killed 13 people in Uvalde County, Tx. You can read an excerpt from the story and get a link to the full transcript below. 

By: Mike McManus 

The use of cell phones while driving plays a role in 1.3 million crashes each year, causing 500,000 injuries and 6,000 deaths according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Text messaging is the most dangerous practice, making a crash 23 times more likely.

Recently the driver of a large pickup truck in the Texas Hill Country slammed head-on into a church bus, killing 12 senior citizens and their driver who were coming back from a church retreat. At least three 911 calls by citizens were made before the accident, reporting the “erratic driver” of the truck.  Two of those calls came from two different rural counties, from a driver of a car behind the truck...

Do kids and parents realize that texting is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving while intoxicated? Probably not.

Parents: here is a major answer for your kids: Cellcontrol is a subscription-based service that features a device inserted under the dashboard and an accompanying app that blocks your teen from sending or receiving texts while driving!  It also disables other phone features while the car is in motion, such as using email or accessing the camera.

For the full story, click here.

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Video Reveals Texas Driver Was Swerving and Using Phone Before Tragic Crash

By Cellcontrol Team | 3 April, 2017

Over the weekend a horrific, avoidable crash took the lives of 13 people, after a pick-up truck crashed head-on into a church van in Uvalde County, TX. Today video taken by another motorist who reported the driver shows the truck swerving all over the road into oncoming traffic. Reports now say the driver has admitted to using his phone while he was driving, prior to the crash. No charges have been filed as of this morning but it's likely that will change. 

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Cellcontrol Featured on Fox News

By Cellcontrol Team | 6 January, 2017

By: AJ Willingham, CNN

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Police Reveal Chattanooga Bus Driver Was Speeding and Using Phone Before Tragic Crash

By Cellcontrol Team | 16 December, 2016

Almost a month after the incident, police have released details that give insight on the horrific school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that left six young students dead.

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Cellcontrol Featured in GEICO More

By Cellcontrol Team | 7 November, 2016

In the latest edition of the GEICO More Living blog, the insurance giant featured Cellcontrol as a solution to texting while driving. The article titled 4 Tech Tools To Make You (And Your Teen Safer Drivers) highlighted Cellcontrol's ability to stop games like Pokemon Go,  web browsing, social media and other apps, in addition to texting while driving. 
To read the full article, click here. The GEICO blog is just the latest of several trusted media outlets recognizing Cellcontrol ability to stop texting while driving and prevent distracted driving from mobile phones. 

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