New technology to help eliminate distracted driving

Updated: 12/19/2013 6:30 PM
Created: 12/19/2013 5:35 PM WHEC.com
By: Chalonda Roberts

Distracted driving is always a concern when you're on the road, especially for parents of teenagers.

But now there's new technology that might help eliminate it.

Governor Andrew Cuomo okayed a program that will help keep teens from doing it. It's all part of a teen driver safety program from Allstate's Esurance Company. Policyholders can install a device in their car that shuts down their teenager's smartphone if they're texting and driving.

The program allows parents to customize a "block list" that can stop specific cell phone activities while their teenager is driving. A device plugs in to your car's computer in the engine, then parents can download an app on their teen's smartphone that can limit or stop texting, emailing or even calling while driving with the exception of 911.

Some parents and teenagers think the new technology would discourage texting while driving and possibly save lives.

Amy Steklof said, “I have three children, only one living at home right now. She is 17 and I know that she will not text while driving, she is very careful on that, but I have other children who have texted while driving and I think it's an excellent idea to put that in the car I think it might save some lives.”

Mariel Brinkerhoff said, “I think it's a good way even if people tell themselves I am not going to text and drive a lot of them end up doing it anyway because their phone is right there if it wasn't there I feel like it would prevent a lot of those instances of accidents happening.

This program is voluntary. Right now, Esurance is the only insurance company offering the program. It's up and running in 38 states including New York. A representive from the governor's office said the governor is encouraging other insurance companies to follow suit.

For more information on the device, click here.


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