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Mayor announces app-based safe driving competition [Boston University]

October 6, 2016

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced the launch of Boston’s Safest Driver Competition, which uses a smartphone app to assess drivers based on five safe driving behaviors, with $9,000 worth of prizes available for winners, according to a Monday press release.

Along with Walsh, the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and Vision Zero Boston partnered with Cambridge Mobile Telematics and the Arbella Insurance Foundation to launch the app, the release stated.

Users will be ranked on five different categories, and weekly winners will receive prizes provided by CMT and Arbella. The competition will conclude Dec. 3, and the “safest drivers in the region” will be announced mid-December, according to the release.

The release stated there were 3,179 people killed and 431,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes nationwide in 2014, citing U.S. Department of Transportation data. Those incidents resulted from distracted driving.

Walsh said in the release the app would encourage street users to be cognizant of safety in an appealing way.

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