Can A Phone App Keep You From Texting While Driving?
We all know how dangerous it is to be texting while you are driving. I know it can be a really bad habit to break. Just think though, if you are a parent texting while driving and your kids are in the car, they are going to eventually mimic mom and dad. So when it’s time for your teenagers to start driving it will be very difficult to tell them not to text while driving when they’ve been watching you do it for years. There is a company called Cell Cease(TM) that has created a new cell phone application that will keep teens from texting while driving. If the car or truck is moving more than 5 mph the phone will not allow texts. It will allow you to still make and receive phone calls but only to/from approved numbers. All of the approved phone numbers are controlled by the parents.
According to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 25% percent of U.S. teens aged 16 to 17 who have cell phones admitted to texting while driving, and twice as many say they have been in the car with someone that has. This and other driving distractions have been the cause of a reported 5,870 fatalities and 515,000 injuries in the past year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Texting has been found to be so dangerous, professional truck and bus drivers who “text and drive” can be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750. – Cell Cease(TM)
If your child is only a passenger and not the driver the phone still will not work and keep in mind the application is constantly running so it will eat your battery life up.
What do you think? Is this a good idea? Will it work?