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Fighting technology with technology; apps that prevent texting while driving

How would you like to control whether your teen can text and drive?

Many drivers, especially novice drivers, know the dangers of texting while driving—yet they continue doing it. Now, there is an app that can control this behavior.

Luckily, recent technology has provided us with a way to completely stop drivers from texting while driving. There are now applications that can be downloaded through your smart phone that work with your GPS to shut off text messaging. Once your GPS picks up that you are moving faster than a certain speed, it shuts off the phone’s capabilities to text and call.

Here is a rundown of some of the most popular Apps (available for a small fee) to get your teen to stop texting while driving.

-iZUP – This app is one of the most restrictive. IZUP completely disables your phone except to dial 911 or one of three other pre-approved numbers.

-tXtblocker –  This software allows you to set time and location restrictions for texting or other cell phone use. A list of pre-approved numbers can also be dialed at anytime.

-CellSafety – This app disables your cell phone while you’re driving and can be set up to block text messages in certain “zones” such as school. There is a wide variety of parental controls and GPS tracking.

-Textecution– Once your GPS detects that you are moving faster than 10mph, it disables your texting. If you are a passenger, or riding a bus, you can ask for permission to text from the account administrator who would be able to override the software.

Young drivers represent the future of road safety.  And even though laws for texting while driving and using a cell phone differ from state to state, it’s always a good idea to encourage your teens to put the phone down while driving.

Image Credit by: http://wtsacramento.wordpress.com/tag/texting-while-driving-statistics/


Lisa Wade is a new blogger for the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, an organization that give parents, educators, and policymakers the information and tools which empower them to teach children the safe and healthy use of technology and the Internet.

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  1. Erik Wood says:
    January 18, 2012

    When will the media realize that most smartphone users do not want their hardware locked down? I think real change on this issue is going to come from the end user – the delivery man, the car pooling mom, or the teen driver deciding to change their habits. From truckers to moms to teens that I spoke with on the issue of text and drive – there was one common thread. If presented with a Big Brother type lock down alternative, they will immediately seek “to get around it”. This does not constitute change on our highways. Selling expensive software with recurring fees that is supposed to lock down the activity forgets that it is the end user (the driver) who will ultimately decide. Let’s change behavior and we will see those violent crash rates plummet…now.

    I decided to do something about distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially the younger generation) I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. OTTER also silences those distracting call ringtones unless a bluetooth is enabled. The texting auto reply also allows college students or office workers to schedule a ‘texting blackout period’ so they can focus on a lecture, a meeting, or maybe – just get some sleep without feeling disconnected. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways and possibly allow us to focus when we need to in any situation.

    Erik Wood, owner
    OTTER app

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  3. Lorraine H. says:
    September 21, 2012

    I would love to see an app that would auto repy a simple message like “driving, will get back to you soon” while I am driving so that the sender does not feel compelled to flood my phone with messages until I respond, I would think if they can do all these other things they can do this and you know what it should be standard like airplane mode.

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