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Wellesley, MA Teens Test Drive App to Block Texting

  • Jim Liebelt
    Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
  • 2010 Jan 14
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New phone app that blocks texting while driving shows promise... a least a step in the right direction...

Parents find it hard enough to pry computers, gaming systems, and Facebook away from teenagers so they can do their homework. But it's getting even harder to keep cellphones out of teens' hands when they're driving.

Texting while driving has caused an increasing number of accidents, injuries and even deaths. Boston recently passed a law banning texting while driving, and other communities are considering similar bans.

In an effort to deter such behavior, Darcy Ahl, of Darien, Conn., partnered with Concord-based Illume Software to create a cellphone application that would eliminate the cellphone distraction.

They presented their application to a room of 15 students and parents at the Wellesley Free Library Tuesday afternoon.

"It's a chronic situation. It's a critical situation," said CEO Dan Ross, a Newton native.

The application, called iZUP, turns off the cellphone when the vehicle is going over 5 miles-per-hour. 9-1-1 calls and three phone numbers are the only exceptions.

Source: Boston Globe