Wanna tattle on those who nearly crash into your car when texting? There’s an app for that.

Texting and driving are a problem. Self-described “Internetainers” Rhett and Link made a very good video about the problem, involving two drivers (Rhett and Link) who distract themselves from driving, call themselves “Textperts” and repeatedly assure the viewer that no one would be hurt in the course of their lawbreaking. Although they start by texting each other, they start to do more bizzare things, from having a shiatzu massage and practising hand yoga poses, to hosting dinner and delivering babies in the backseat. The video ends when the two drivers realize they’re both heading in different directions on the same road and promptly crash into each other. If you want to check out the video (which I recommend) you can watch it here.

So now that we’ve established that texting and driving is a problem, what are we doing about it? Of course the police and Co. do as much as they can, but they can’t be everywhere at once. But what about you, the citizen? I bet you see loads of “textperts” on your daily commute/school route. Maybe you should report them; y’know, for the good of the community. “Eh, to heck with the community. Who needs them?” you may think. Well, if you’re more of an every-man-for-himself guy, maybe you’d like to get paid for your trouble?

Text to Ticket is an app that will help you do just that. Created by a group of friends who nearly got run over because of a textpert, the app allows you to report these lawbreakers and get paid to do so. Sweet deal right? Obviously, there are rules, which I will breifly outline below

  • Rule One: As a driver, you may not take videos, because that would be hypocritical. Passenger and pedestrians may take them, however.
  • Rule Two: There must be no question that the depicted driver is clearly texting, for obvious reasons. Include a shot like this in your videImage result for driving and texting
  • Rule Three: The video cannot cut from the driver’s face to the license plate; it must be done in one shot. This is to prevent people from catching a driver’s face and a number plate in different places, then knitting them together to make a quick buck or a quick revenging.

But how do Text to Ticket make their money? Heck, the app doesn’t even have ads! Instead, Text to Ticket has affiliated itself with the authorities, and they pay. The only things Text to Ticket could want money for are profit and workforce, neither of which are wanted because this app is pretty much not-for-profit (in fact they list themselves on the App Store as LLC Or, Inc)

If you like the idea of getting paid for reporting your fellow drivers (I know that sounds unethical but afterall, they are breaking the law.) then you can pick up Text to Ticket for Android and iOS. Do note that drivers have reported long waiting times for their dough, but I think this is because the request, if accepted by Text to Ticket must be submitted to the police, who can take a while.

What do you think of Text to Ticket? A great idea or unethical? Please let us know in the comments!

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