App pays you to keep phone down while driving, law enforcement weighs in

Published: Oct. 4, 2019 at 9:37 PM CDT
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How would you like to get paid for putting your phone down while driving? There’s a new app that claims to do just that. But this has some police asking, is it too good to be true?

"I’ve been driving down the road before and seen someone with their phone mounted in the corner of their windshield and they were watching videos on their phone while they were driving," says Fargo Resident, Bryan Lundberg.

Bryan Lundberg spends a lot of time in his car. He has been down a lot of roads and says he has seen his fair share of people not always keeping a close eye on them.

"It’s a big deal, I think people are addicted to using their phones," says Lundberg.

He was getting fed up with distracted drivers and then heard about an app that claims to help.

"It’s an app that you get paid $.05 a mile for like basically keeping your phone locked or by not using it while driving," says Lundberg.

It's called OnMyWay and just like Lundberg says you get paid to not use your phone while behind the wheel. And get this, the app automatically kicks in when you're driving over 10 mph.

Sounds like a win-win, right?

"We really need to look at credibility and where is this app designed, where are they getting their rewards from?," says Moorhead Police Captain, Deric Swenson.

Captain Deric Swenson with Moorhead PD tells us he's all for putting an end to distracted driving. But he says it's good to do your homework before getting an app that claims to give you money with little to no strings attached. Adding, you need to know what kind of personal information you could be giving out when you download it.

That's exactly what we did. We talked with one of the co-founders of the app who tells us it's still in the early stages and they're funded through sponsors and ads.

"I’ve made $83.26," says Lundberg.

As for Lundberg, he plans to keep using this app as he makes his daily travels. But Capt. Swenson says he’s hoping for a day when people will keep their phones down, regardless if they're getting paid.

The app was just launched nationally about five months ago and was started to prevent accidents caused by distracted driving. Additionally officials with the app tell us you typically get paid using your Venmo or PayPal accounts.