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New app launched to combat phone distractions while driving

Fri 20 Apr, 2012 // Firstnumber Team
Teen distracted by texting while driving

A new app launched in Las Vegas this week aims to eliminate driving distractions caused by the use of mobile phones. The patent-pending Drive Safe Mode app works together with your phone’s GPS to assess the car’s driving speed. As soon as it senses the car is moving, the app locks the mobile’s screen.

No text messages, emails or other notifications pop up on screen while the app is in operation. Access to emergency numbers is ensured as the 911 service is automatically added to the app and users can choose to save additional contacts.

Drive Safe Mode has been welcomed by adults, teenagers and their parents. The app was launched at a time when a new study by researchers at the University of California concluded 75 per cent of young adults in the US think there is nothing wrong with texting while behind the wheel. Many consider it rude not to answer to a text or email straight away and believe they could upset the sender.

Statistics on accidents caused by texting while driving suggest otherwise. Research by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute reveals text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving without distractions.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in the USA.

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