Phone tells teens: 'Shut up and drive'

A new cell phone application aims to limit this distraction. Designed with parents of teens in mind, the Cell Cease? application will block calls and texts while a vehicle is in motion.

A teenager talking or texting on his or her cell phone while driving is a fear for parents and other drivers alike. 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.

A new cell phone application, by Cell Cease, aims to limit this distraction. Cell Cease, which works exclusively on Windows phones, blocks calls and texts while a vehicle is in motion.

Distracted drivers are 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.

Although Cell Cease prohibits teen drivers from texting while driving, it allows them to send and receive calls from a list of approved numbers, which parents can control and modify using a PIN code. The application always allows emergency calls to and from 911.

About the author

Suzanne Ashe has been covering technology, gadgets, video games, and cars for several years. In addition to writing features and reviews for magazines and Web sites, she has contributed to daily newspapers.

 

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