Texting While Driving Stopped With New App

Cynthia Dermody
Tweens & Teens
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texting while driving

I had lunch with a friend last week, and on her way to the restaurant she got stopped by a cop for talking on her cell. $160 bucks, plus a surcharge. She was happy. It's a dangerous habit. She saw it as a sign, helping her avoid some future horrible something, like what happens in that shockingly famous teens texting while driving PSA.

Speaking of which, a mom has come up with a brilliant new cell phone application. If this one works, it has the potential to change the world. Yeah, yeah, someone invents a new cell phone app every 10 seconds, but this one is really spectacular because it alleviates one of our greatest kid fears in life.

The iZup prevents teens from sending or recieving texts when in the car, whether they are a driver or passenger. The program kicks in and shuts down the phone's texting function as soon as the car goes over 5 miles per hour, and does not shut off for stop signs or traffic.

The mom who invented it, Darcy Ahl from Concord, Massachusetts, was inspired to create iZup after watching her teenage son weave across the road while on his cell phone.

iZup software does allow calls to 9-1-1 and the cell phone owner’s parents. The software starts at $5 a month or $50 a year, what a bargain IMO.

This could be a great Valentine's Gift for your Big Kid. They probably won't think so, but what better way to say I love you than to save their life. "Here's your cell phone back, sweetie. I installed a special present for you."

Will you try the iZup on your child's phone?


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