I don’t believe that there is any ‘sane‘ person that cannot agree that texting while driving is a very dangerous activity. According to some reports I have read, it is estimated that about 6,000 people, mostly teens, lose their lives each year while talking or texting on a cell phone. So this morning while watching NBC morning news, I viewed a story about a software product called iZup, which disables a cell phone while a vehicle is moving. The news article about the product indicated that the software was currently only available for the BlackBerry, but that the company was working on apps for the iPhone as well.
I took a look at the iZup software on its Web site, and it states the following about the product:
iZUP is a mobile application developed by Illume Software that helps you avoid distractions caused by your mobile phone.
This innovative product holds text messages, e-mails and calls while you’re driving, yet always allows unlimited access to 911 and a list of authorized phone numbers.
- Software solution (no hardware required)
- Prevents outgoing text messages, emails and phone calls while driving
- Sends incoming calls to voicemail and holds text messages when the vehicle is in motion
- Prohibits web browsing and application use while driving
- Three authorized phone numbers allowed (e.g. mom, employer, etc.)
- One authorized application allowed (e.g. navigation application)
- Emergency 911 quick dial always available
- Emergency application disable
- Emergency 911 notification sent with a map to account holder showing location and time of the call
- Time-delayed for stop lights, stop signs and heavy traffic
- Tamper alert notification sent to account holder when a user attempts to disable iZUP
Though the application has strong possibilities, I do not believe that it does enough. I would like to see an application that entirely prohibits ALL texting and talking while driving, with no exceptions. In fact I believe that ALL cell phones should be automatically disabled in a moving vehicle.
I am sure there are those who will disagree with my sentiment. To those people I would say this. How important is that phone call if it costs someone their life? If it was your mother, brother, sister, child, spouse, or other loved one that was killed by a driver who was texting, would you be understanding and say the phone call was worth a life?