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Ways to stop your teen from texting and driving

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When someone is texting and driving, they can travel an entire football field in just about the time it takes to read a text. When someone is texting and driving, they can travel an entire football field in just about the time it takes to read a text.
Some carriers offer "driving mode" that sends a customized reply to incoming texts similar to an out-of-office reply, but the usage is strictly voluntary. Some carriers offer "driving mode" that sends a customized reply to incoming texts similar to an out-of-office reply, but the usage is strictly voluntary.
Michel suggests locking cell phones in the trunk or glove box when new drivers hit the road. Michel suggests locking cell phones in the trunk or glove box when new drivers hit the road.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

When someone is texting and driving, they can travel an entire football field in just about the time it takes to read a text.

So, what can parents do to prevent their teen from getting in a deadly wreck from the dangerous practice?

"It's the biggest distraction on the road right now," said Road Rules Driving Instructor and Owner Debbie Michel.

Michel teaches new drivers, and one thing she makes sure they learn, don't text and drive.

"Best thing for them to do is to leave their cell phone at home, they're a new driver and they don't need that extra distraction in the car," said Michel.

Michel suggests locking cell phones in the trunk or glove box when new drivers hit the road.

"You take your eyes off the road for just a split second, and before you know it you look up and you're in the rear end of another car, it happens that quickly," said Michel.

She tells parents to lead by example.

"Parents text and talk on the phone sometimes more than the kids do, and their kids are only going to do what their shown," said Michel.

But if parents want to go a step further than just talking to their teens about not texting and driving, there are some apps parents can use to restrict their cell phone use while in the car.

-Text Blocker blocks texts and voice calls while the vehicle is in motion. It will send a message saying the person is "driving" to anyone who does text or call. The application also allows customization to prevent messages at certain times of day or location. It does allow 911 calls. The cost is about $7.00 a month for a single user, and about $10 dollars for a family plan.

-Textecution cuts off texting if the phone is moving faster than 10 miles per hour. Once the phone is going slower than 10 miles per hour, messages will be sent and received. If the passenger is using the device, they can request an override, but only an administrator such as a parent can approve. If the user tries to uninstall the application, the administrator is notified. The application is a one-time fee of about $30 dollars.

-DriveSafe.ly reads text messages and emails out loud. It will send an auto response, and costs about $4.00 a month, or $14.00 a year for a single user.

-Drive Alive is an option that actually pays you for safe driving. If the car is moving, but the driver is not texting and driving, they get money and perks via a PayPal account.

The applications don't work on all phones.

Some carriers offer "driving mode" that sends a customized reply to incoming texts similar to an out-of-office reply, but the usage is strictly voluntary.

Here are a few more options:

-Cell Control uses a device to detect movement and stops the use of cell phones.

-Cell Safety stops texting while driving, creates no texting zones, and blocks unwanted websites.

-iZUP holds texts, emails and phone calls while driving. Calls are sent to voicemail and text messages are delivered when the vehicle comes to a stop.

-Key2SafeDriving detects movement and puts the cell phone in a "Safe Driving Mode."

-Otter uses One Touch Text Response buttons, blocks cell phone use and sends auto replies during times like rush hour.

-Stop Texting is a free app that prevents sending or reading texts or emails.

-Vlingo uses voice commands to control your phone with free paid upgrades.

Cape Girardeau Police Officer Darin Hickey said they have not issued any texting and driving citations.

He said it can be difficult to tell who is under the age of 21, and if the driver is actually texting, and not just looking down.

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