There has been much discussion about the dangers of using a cell phone while you drive, and many car accidents have been caused by this habit. Now a Massachusetts mother has created new software called iZup to prevent phone use while a car is moving. It is being sold by a new company called Ilume Software.
How iZup Works
iZup works for both drivers and passengers by disconnecting the user’s phone when the vehicle reaches five miles per hour. It uses GDP data to detect the vehicle’s movement. It does allow a person to call 9-1-1 or any of three pre-authorized phone numbers that you would enter on the phone. If you receive any text message, email or phone call while you are driving, it will accept messages.
If you do call 9-1-1, the software not only allows the call, but also sends both a text message and an email to the teenager’s parents and a Google map showing the teen’s location.
The woman who created it, one Darcy Ahl, was motivated by her fright when she was a passenger while her 16-year-old son was learning to drive. He answered his cell phone as he drove and drifted across the yellow line on the road, giving his Mom a fright. She is a co-founder of the Ilume Software company, which has a website offering a 30-day free trial of iZup. You can download it from the site.
State Laws Banning Texting While Driving
Meanwhile, some states are enacting laws to ban texting while driving. On January 1, Illinois became the 19th state to do that. According to a study released this week by the National Safety Council, 28 percent of road accidents happen when a driver is using a cell phone or sending a text message. Please see our page on Alabama Car Accident Statistics for more details.
There are many causes of car accidents, but cell phone use is an increasingly frequent one. If you have teenagers you can download iZup for a free trial and possibly buy it ($4.95 per month or $49.95 per year for an individual account and slightly more for a family plan). That would buy you peace of mind as well as teenage safety. A legal ban would give you recourse after your teen was injured or killed but it would not necessarily prevent an accident.
If you have a loved one who was severely injured in a car accident, please contact our law office for a free consultation and case review.