Dallas-based company 'Websafety' has developed software to block cell phones from sending or receiving text messages while a person is driving.
Websafety says the text blocking technology uses GPS satellites." With all GPS enabled phones these days it
can be determined how fast that phone is moving," says Websafety's Chris Wiley.
Sixteen-year-old William Shelton says he only uses his phone in his car for playing music, however he may be a rare case. A survey released by Nationwide insurance says 46% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 30 admit to texting while driving.
Rocky Willingham says he would consider buying software to prevent his daughters from texting behind the wheel. Willingham says, " I can see where that would help my daughters when they're driving pay more attention to their driving and less attention to a guy, a friend or whatever."
We took a cell phone with the text blocking technology out for a road test. The feature is triggered at just ten miles per hour. When Wiley tried to go to his text messaging box, the phone started flashing a message that said, "this phone is protected by Websafety.com."
The company says the feature could also make mass transit safer by preventing disasters like the crash of a commuter train in Chatsworth, California last September. The train's engineer was distracted by texting.
Websafety hopes to start offering the feature next month as part of a package. The package would also include features to block pornography, and alert parents to speeding and possible messages from sexual predators.