New Apps Target Teenage Driving and Texting


POSTED: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 11:04pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 5:56pm

EL PASO- Statistics show that people who use their cell phone while driving are more likely to get in a serious crash. Now, there are apps that can help teenagers stop texting behind the wheel.

Some students at El Paso High School admitted that it was dangerous to text and drive.

“It's not something people should do but people do it anyways,” said student Jake Rivas.

Just a few weeks ago, Rivas got in an accident and he said it's because he was texting. Understandably, his parents were upset.

“I actually had to get a job and pay for the damage myself,” Rivas said.

Surprisingly, Rivas said he still texts and drives, but he has cut down.

Several new apps are now available that can be downloaded as a helpful tool to keep teens safe on the road.

“It would help me a lot,” Rivas said. “I wouldn't get in any more accidents.”
“Texting and driving is bad. If an app comes out to help it, it will help the whole teenage population,” said student Christian Bastidas.

Some apps can detect when the car is moving and turn off the phone. There are several other apps parents can use to monitor their child.

At Saint Patrick Cathedral School, middle school students are just a couple of years away from getting behind the wheel.

UTEP student Irlanda Miramonte picked up her 12-year-old brother from school and said when he gets his driver's license, there will be no texting and driving.

“Don't do it. Don't send messages while you drive and drive with plenty of time,” Miramonte said.

According to a recent study, distraction from cell phones while driving lengthens a drivers reaction time as much as a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent.

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Thank you for that report. You may have just saved a life. No matter how much we tell our teenage children, they think it won't happen to them. This app is something everyone should look at, not just parents of teens.

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 teens) I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways - today.

Erik Wood

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