Text on Them
A new website lets you report on dangerous drivers
If you have one of those “How’s My Driving?” stickers on your truck you probably have wished at least a few times a day that the four-wheelers around you had something similar. Well, someone is trying to make that happen.
Text Them In, Inc., a company that launched in September, allows you to anonymously report aggressive drivers through a text message.
“Accountability on our roads is lacking right now and Text Them In has created a system that can establish more of a driving community and less of a ‘you against me’ driving mentality,” says Alvin Butler, president and CEO of the company.
To report someone, text the tag number, state, car, color, location and what happened to 839846 (TEXTIN). That’s a lot of information to collect and text considering you’re on the road as well. In fact, Butler says if you text while driving, someone should report you. Reports can also be filed on www.texthemin.com.
You can enter your cell phone number on the website and receive a complete list of incidents you’ve reported. If the vehicle’s tag and owner are registered on the site (drivers must register their own cars), a text message or email notifies them that they were reported. Local authorities and insurance agencies aren’t automatically notified; they must request reports from the company.
For fleet owners and parents of teenagers, it’s a way to register a vehicle and see if any negative accounts come in. For the average speeder, who may never know they’ve been reported, it’s not exactly justice. But for the wronged driver, at least it will make them feel a little bit better.