Did you know that motor vehicle accidents are the single highest cause of death for young people?! I can't even remember how it was before texting became so popular that we had to set laws to make people stop doing it while they drive. I have been guilty of this very irresponsible action and now I try my best not to even touch my phone while driving unless I'm taking or making a call.
Right now my 15-year-old daughter is so overwhelmed with driving that she can barely listen to the radio and drive at the same time. It warms my heart to watch her clutching the wheel with white knuckles afraid to take her head off of the road for even a moment for fear that she will make a grave mistake. I'm glad she's scared because it will lend to her being cautious but with time I know this fear is going to wear off. Eventually she will become just like the rest of us, driving with one hand or God forbid her knee while putting on makeup and eating.
As a result of studies which have shown that the dangerous practice of texting while driving is on the rise among teens and young adults, Android has designed an app called Textecution that can be installed on kids' phones. My prayers have been answered! This revolutionary new app is designed to shut down all texting functions—sending and receiving—if the phone handset is moving at more than 10 miles per hour. It seems that Android still has a few bugs to work out but it's a terrific step in the right direction towards keeping our children safe on the road.
Two percent of all deaths in America are caused by traffic accidents. The saddest part about that startling statistic is that a large portion of these accidents are totally preventable. Since it's currently illegal to install mobile phone jamming technology in vehicles, Textecution is your best bet and it's available now for $39.95 but only on Android handsets. Apple refuses to let application developers interfere with core phone functions like texting.
Call your cell phone provider and ask them if they plan to catch up with Android on the technology front.
Sid Powell is the NAACP-nominated screenplay writer of 'Somebody's Child', a mother of two, and the owner of SIDPo Productions. Read more about how SIDPo Productions is 'Changing Everything' at www.sidpoproductions.com.