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Could technology put a halt on distracted driving?

Distracted driving is an increasing issue on California roadways. As technology has made life easier in many respects, it has also led to individuals devoting more and more time to handheld devices. As motorists avert their eyes from the road to check text messages or adjust an in-dash console, the risk for causing an accident goes up dramatically.

While the most obvious solution to this problem would seem to be simply putting the phone down, some have put forward alternative ideas for curbing distracted driving. One company, in fact, has introduced a rather unconventional solution: an app.

A tool for keeping the road in focus

Drive ID is a system created by a company called Cellcontrol. Drivers use an app coupled with a small device that mounts to their vehicle's windshield to block their cellphone's more distracting features. The solar-powered attachment's location in the vehicle also allows for the creation of a designated space for the driver. This "driver zone" is then where a cellphone's functionality is limited, leaving room for normal use in the passenger seats.

Utilizing Bluetooth technology, Drive ID can disable texts, games and social media updates. The system also accounts for crafty teen drivers who may be using Drive ID at their parents' behest, as it logs any attempts to disable or remove the app as well.

The future of distracted driving solutions

Drive ID is just one product in a growing market of distracted driving prevention tools. Wireless providers such as Sprint and AT&T also offer proprietary apps that serve to block texting and email functionality, though their social media containment is somewhat limited.

Personal injury cases continue to mount at the hands of distracted drivers. As efforts to stymie this alarming trend continue, potential solutions may become more creative. Regardless, for California drivers, keeping one's eyes on the road should always be a central focus.

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