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Cell phone apps that enhance driver safety

8:01 AM, Feb 20, 2012   |    comments
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Great Hang Up- The popularity of safe-driving cell phone apps is soaring.  Finding one that works for you depends how much you want to spend and what you want it to do. Some are free, some stop texts, and others stop calls or even read emails aloud.

A viewer wondered which app would work best for a teen driver so we decided to investigate several apps, both free and pricey. 

If you want to monitor behavior behind the wheel, State Farm's "On the Move" sends a driving report, complete with speeds, to parents each time a child drives.

Text Zapper's free app blocks all texting on a phone once a vehicle exceeds five miles per hour.

Drive Safe.ly 's basic plan is free and similar to one backed by pop star Justin Bieber called Drive Safe. The Drive Safe.ly app can read about to 500 words aloud for texts and emails.

The generally well-reviewed iZup stops texts but does allow a few calls to come through. It can also send an "I'm driving" message in response to incoming communication. It starts at $49.99 a month for individual plans, or $99 for a family plan.

Protector,  from the makers of Taser, offers a family safety plan that enables you to block who your children talk to and starts at a $120 yearly subscription. 

Finally, the Guardian. transmits a frequency that blocks hand-held phones within certain areas. It's not yet approved for personal vehicles by the FCC but it may be a wave of the future.

We wanted to know what you think on our News10 facebook page. Kathy writes is "there truly a driving safe app."

Remember that one of the safest things you can do is to turn off or silence your cell phone. You just have to remember to do this and if you can't, don't worry, there's an app for that too.

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