Phone Guard

Friday, December 3, 2010 - 11:45am

New app helps prevent texting accidents on the road.

Are you or your teenager in-text-a-cated? Studies show texting and driving can be four times more dangerous than drinking and driving.

Now, some companies are offering new features that can help you cut down on being one of those distracted drivers out there on the road.

When you get behind the wheel, you're in control. And one wrong move, could put other drivers lives at risk.

Scott Frohman of Phone Guard says “you're 23 times more likely to get into an accident texting while driving."

It's why he created Phone Guard, a program downloaded to your Blackberry or android that swings into high gear whenever a driver reaches 10 miles-per-hour.

There are similar devices like this on the market. We rode along with Phone Guard inventor Scott Frohman to see his in action.

Scott Frohman says "the phone will automatically go to no texting while driving and eliminate the ability for me to be able to text."

Your screen will turn red like this and you won't be able to text, browse the web, or check email.

And here's more. When you're using the program, when someone tries to text you, not only can you not respond, it will also send a message to the sender saying you're driving and you'll respond when you're done.

It also serves as a cruise control device, sending a message to the purchaser whenever the phone's user exceeds a certain speed while driving. Frohman says it's handy not just for teens.

Scott Frohman says "if someone is just getting their drivers license they should be paying attention more to the road than ever before."

But also for adults who realize safety is no joke.

Scott Frohman says "a lot of parents are saying I'm not going to be the mother driving with my kids in the car texting while being a hypocrite."

Phone Guard is also being marketed to businesses whose employees are required to drive just like that bus driver you just saw.

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