‘Taxi Magic’ app aims to keep impaired drivers off the roads

In a program aimed at keeping impaired drivers off the streets, state officials introduced a cell phone application Monday that will allow residents of areas including San Diego County to call for a cab and even pay for the taxi ride.

The free “Taxi Magic” application is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Palm Smartphones, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Authorities said the application would be useful for someone who had been drinking and needs a taxi. Impaired driving accounts for the highest number of fatal crashes in California and the nation, said Chris Cochran of the OTS.

“While the public is aware of the dangers of DUI, they still can find themselves in situations where a designated sober driver is not available,” Cochran said. “Where previously calling a cab might have been intimidating, embarrassing or bothersome, this latest technology can make it as easy as one tap on your cell phone screen.”

Taxi Magic has several features, including a “Magic Book” button that can handle multiple tasks that alcohol impaired people could find difficult, making the service “ground-breaking and potentially very helpful in keeping drunk drivers off the road,” Cochran said.

Available in most large metropolitan areas in California, the “Magic Book” option allows registered users to simply tap the button on their Smartphone. The application will determine where the caller is, contact a cab company and dispatch a taxi to the caller’s location.

While waiting, the caller can check to see where the cab is en route, which cab it is, who the driver is and when it is expected to arrive. The caller can even use the application to automatically pay by credit card and get a receipt e-mailed to them.

“While we have long advocated taxi cabs as a good alternative in the list of designated sober driving possibilities, both the ease and extras offered through the technology of Taxi Magic make it a great service for those who shouldn’t be driving,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California OTS.

In smaller towns where the Magic Book option is not available, callers can still use the service to automatically call local taxi companies, Cochran said. It is also available on the Internet and by text messaging via www.taximagic.com, and can be set up hours or days in advance.

“Taxi Magic is thrilled to partner with OTS to bring the message of making sure a sober driver is at the wheel when you are out celebrating,” said Tim Csontos, Taxi Magic vice president for business development.

Related posts:

  1. Law enforcement to crack down on inebriated drivers
  2. County roads relatively safe over holiday weekend
  3. Solana Beach driver checkpoint set for Friday night
  4. The power of healing sought with ‘Magic Water’
  5. New Year’s: Free public transportation

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=1625

Posted by on May 3, 2010. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • RSF Association Board Biz: It’s fire season: Be prepared
    The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) was officially formed in 1946, in the aftermath of a devastating fire that took place in 1943 and destroyed brush, farmland and homes from Rancho Bernardo through Rancho Santa Fe, all the way to Solana Beach and Del Mar. Today the Fire District spans 38 square miles and protects nearly 30,000 residents. W […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe couple lead way in helping those with thyroid disorders
    Few people may know that Graves’ disease is one of the most common autoimmune diseases afflicting Americans today. Fewer still may know that the only national non-profit dedicated to its patients is headquartered in Rancho Santa Fe. The Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation, co-chaired by Rancho Santa Fe residents Kathleen Bell Flynn and Steve Flynn, has be […]
  • Candidates seek election to three Rancho Santa Fe special district boards
    Seats on the boards of directors of three special districts that provide such services as water, fire protection, sewage treatment and landscape maintenance are on the ballot in the Nov. 4 election. The three special districts are the Santa Fe Irrigation District, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District and the Rancho Santa Fe Community Services Distric […]