Recently, a news team took to the road with the Santa Maria sector of the California Highway Patrol to test out the efficacy of three apps which aim to limit a driver’s ability to text or talk on their cellphones at the wheel. First up was Drive Safe, possibly the most well known of the apps. This app keeps track of a teen’s driving behavior and sends any instances of cellphone usage to the driver’s parents. I-Zup aims to head text messages off at the pass by issuing an auto-response to incoming text messages telling the sender that the driver will be in touch once they bring their vehicle to a stop. And IM Addicted goes further, shutting off all phone functions while driving. To deactivate the app, one has to input a code and put up with an alarm that pipes up whenever a driver attempts to use their phone.
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