New Phone App Prevents Texting While Driving


A mother from Massachusetts has recently developed software that will prevent drivers from sending and receiving text messages. The new phone application, called the iZup, takes effect once the vehicle reaches 5 mph and continues to work even at red lights or in traffic. The iZup works on the phones of passengers as well.

Initially, the phone application is being marketed to parents with teenage drivers and companies who issue cell phones to employees but do not want them being used while driving. If parents were to require their teenage children to download the iZup in order to receive driving privileges, the phone application could dramatically cut down on one of the largest distractions facing teenage drivers.

The iZup does allow calls to be placed to 911 and the cell phone owner’s parents. The downloadable software can be purchased for $5 a month or $50 a year.

Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous distractions facing drivers today, resulting in thousands of auto accidents every year. Many states have already started enacting laws to curb cell phone use while driving. This phone application may be the next step in further limiting the use of cell phones on our nation’s roadways.