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End Distracted Driving With Technology

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Why not fight technology with techology? That's what some parents are asking when it comes to their teenage sons or daughters using their cellphones behind the wheel of the car. Instead of taking the phone away, parents are turning to a new device that costs $7.95 per month that prevents their teenage child from using their cellphone while driving.

The product, called CellControl, can control up to six cellphones. Parents that use the product say they are comforted by the fact that they can control their child's cellphone use while driving, especially since nearly half of all young drivers use their cellphones to surf the Internet a third use them to access social networking sites. However, CellControl isn't the only technology available to parents looking to keep their young driver (and other drivers) safe on the road. iZup is another technology that prevents cellphone use while driving by saving incoming text messages and sending voice calls to voicemail.

But parents aren't the only ones worried about their drivers on the road. In fact, corporate fleet managers are also using the technology to prevent their drivers from using their cellphones while driving. In addition, a new federal regulation that took effect on January 1 fines commercial truck and bus drivers up to $2,750 each time they're caught using a cellphone while driving. Both parents and companies responsible for drivers are taking the position that technology got us into the problem of distracted driving in the first place, but it can also get us out.