Phones Down, Eyes Up Virtual Benefit Concert

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In honor of Brandon and Tom Walli’s shared passion for music, Geotab is offering five awards of $1,500 as scholarships for those pursuing post-secondary education in music and the arts.

The scholarships are funded through donations collected at the annual Phones Down, Eyes Up benefit concert as well as a GoFundMe page. Geotab will match dollar for dollar the amount raised from both.

The Brandon Walli “Phones Down, Eyes Up” Memorial Scholarship is open globally to any student graduating from a secondary school in 2022.

Scholarship applications are currently open and can be submitted until April 30, 2022.
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Brandon's story

Brandon's story
At Geotab, we are committed to advancing technology to improve safety on both sides of the wheel. In an effort to decrease collision rates, Geotab is always looking for new and innovative ways to promote good driving habits and road safety. Click here to learn more about how Geotab is helping to improve fleet and drive safety.

The Phones Down, Eyes Up benefit concert and scholarship are held annually in honor and memory of Brandon Walli.

Brandon lost his life in 2016, at the age of 23, while texting and walking when crossing the road. Brandon’s father, Tom Walli, and Geotab have teamed up each year to host a free and informational concert event to shed light on managing device distraction in everyday life and to raise money for a scholarship in Brandon’s name.

About the concert

For the fourth year in a row, Geotab hosts the Phones Down, Eyes Virtual Benefit Concert to raise awareness surrounding the dangers of distracted driving and the responsibility we all have in helping to reduce traffic and pedestrian-related incidents.

Enjoy the musical talents of Geotabbers from the comfort of your home or office. With more than 19 performances produced in some of the best recording studios around the globe, there’s sure to be a song that will bring music to your ears. Whether it’s classical concertos on the piano or hardcore rock, there’s something for everyone!

Tune in on Thursday, October 14 at 4 p.m. ET!

If you are unable to join the live event, we encourage you to join our rescreenings, which will be held on Friday, October 15 at 4 p.m. ACT and 4 p.m. CET.

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Help spread the word!

Tuning into the concert? Tell your friends and family about it by sharing your excitement on social media!

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #PhonesDownEyesUp and tag @Geotab on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and @InsideGeotab on Instagram.

Creating a safer world

Geotab is a strong advocate for the power of technology and its ability to create positive change, especially in the areas of fleet optimization and driver safety. Everyone can play a role in helping improve road safety and reduce traffic fatalities and injuries.

For every person that watches the virtual benefit concert, Geotab will donate $5 to Brake, a registered charity with various global initiatives that promote road safety, sustainable transport and the support of road crash victims.

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stay safe, stay alert

Stay alert, stay safe

It is just as important to walk cell-free as it is to drive cell-free. Pedestrians and drivers using cell phones or other electronic devices are both considered to be impaired and too mentally distracted to fully focus on their surroundings.

Distracted driving statistics
• Distracted driving results in 3,000 deaths in the U.S. alone each year.
47% of Canadians admit to distracted driving.
• You are 4 times more likely to crash when distracted.
• Taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field.
• In Ontario, one person is injured in a distracted driving incident every half hour.
• In the U.S., at any time in the day 481,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving.
• Distracted driving is a factor in 4 million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year.

No call, text or update is worth putting your life — or anyone else’s — in danger. In a highly connected world, it’s important that we disconnect both on and off the roads. Everyone has the responsibility to create safer roads for drivers and pedestrians.

Make these small changes to make a big difference:
• Avoid touching or looking at your phone while you drive.
• Put your phone on Do Not Disturb mode so you aren’t tempted to check it.
• Be aware of your surroundings while crossing the street by staying off your phone.

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