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Parental Control App Meant to Curb Teen Distracted Driving

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I'm pleased and guardedly optimistic to announce that there is a new application called SecuraFone that parents of teenagers can use to monitor their teens' cell phones while they are driving a car. If the SecuraFone lives up to its claims, it could be leading the way to a potential solution short of banning cell phones in cars altogether.

This iPhone or Android application for parents seems to be a response to the striking statistics that show teens to be the most likely drivers in a car accident–often times while using a cell phone. Thirty-one percent of teens ages 14-17 now own a smartphone. Distracted driving is a leading cause of automobile accidents, and a recurrent theme of mine in several past blogs.

SecuraFone says it can help parents monitor how fast their teens are driving and where they are going while blocking them from being able to text, Facebook, Tweet or otherwise let their smartphones distract them while driving.

SecuraFone says that it can text parents if their child is driving on roads where they are not allowed, or if they are speeding, and the app is supposed to keep teens from using their phone while driving.

How does this work? SecuraFone is installed on the cell phones and upon usage monitors GPS on the smartphone to detect when the teen is moving over 5 mph (presumably in a car). The app then locks the phone screen until the teen has finished driving.

Additionally, parents can set up virtual borders or speed alerts and receive text messages when set limits are hit by their teen.

SecuraFone is available in a free basic version with the option to upgrade for additional features with an $8.99 monthly fee. SecuraFone can be downloaded by visiting the SecuraFone website or through your mobile device's app store. For more information please visit www.securafone.com. Please note that I have not checked out this device and do not adopt any of the claims made by this company.

As a San Francisco Automobile Accident Attorney, I believe that distracted driving is responsible for the majority of personal injuries and wrongful death from car crashes. Unfortunately, I still learn almost every day about fatal accidents and serious personal injuries resulting from the most obvious forms of distracted driving. Distracted driving is a threat to the safety of our children, teens and adults alike.

Traffic accidents are the number one cause of death of teenagers, and distracted driving is most likely largely to blame.

In December the NTSB was pushing for a complete ban on all personal electronic devices in automobiles to curtail texting-while-driving. If we can have some interim solutions to this distracted driving epidemic, short of a complete ban, I welcome them. Something still clearly must be done to educate our youth and also adults that distracted driving is selfish driving and is a danger to our community.

About the author: Claude Wyle is an aggressive advocate for San Francisco pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Claude has decades of experience representing those harmed by the wrongful conduct of others, and, as a San Francisco Wrongful Death Attorney, has fought to protect the rights of injured individuals throughout his legal career.

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    Claude, Very nice post with great information to help curb distracted driving. Well done, Jeff

  2. Claude Wyle says:
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    Thanks, Jeff. Glad you found this helpful too.
    Claude

  3. JR Zar says:
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    The National Transportation Safety Board asked gadget makers to add new features to their devices that encourage people to stop using portable electronic devices while driving.
    MIAmobi™ provides a tool to help not only teens but everyone from being distracted by cell phones. One of these tools is the SilentPocket. By using a SilentPocket™ “It will help save lives” Out site out of mind. Helps prevent texting and driving because your Voicemail, rings, beeps, blings and vibes will not be heard. Any Voicemail, Texts and email that were sent will be received once the device is taken out of the SilentPocket. Get informed at MIA-mobi

  4. Claude Wyle says:
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    JR,
    Thanks for the informative information.
    Claude