For parents of teen drivers, nothing may worry you more than watching your child pull out of the driveway on their own behind the wheel. With the growing trend of car accidents being linked to distractions from texting, your child using the phone while driving should definitely be of top concern.
According to News Channel 4, a new app for smartphones may help alleviate some of this worry for parents. The app, called Cellcontrol, communicates between phone and a car’s computer to deactivate functions such as texting and incoming calls when the vehicle is in motion. The app instead sends a prerecorded busy message to callers and texters. Cellcontrol will also allow parents to set what numbers their children can and cannot call, check their driving speeds, and can send alerts if teens try to uninstall or remove the device.
The cost of the device is $6.95 per month after a $59 installation and is compatible with all vehicles manufactured after 1996. Manufacturers also hope to market the device to companies with large fleets of vehicles.
The hope is that the app and device can decrease the number of distracted driving accidents in the state. In 2010, distracted driving in Oklahoma led to 550 injuries and nine fatality crashes.
The Oklahoma Auto Accident Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers suggest having a conversation with your teen about the dangers that texting and driving can pose and also leading by example by not using your phone behind the wheel.