Undated -- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says drivers who use handheld devices are four times as likely to get into crashed serious enough to injure themselves. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 20% of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. But there's an app you can use to keep you safe when you, or your teen, is behind the wheel.
If you're worried about your teen check this out. Sprint has a new app you can download to your smart phone to disable the phone while driving. Kristen Wallace with Sprint said, "Go to Sprint.com forward slash Drive First."
As soon as you go over 10 miles an hour, the phone detects the motion and is disabled. If you're on a call, the phone will drop the call. You can disable the program, but if that happens the parent gets notified instantly.
Wallace said, "The parent would get a message saying the phone has been disabled and you'd be able to communicate with your child and determine how you want to handle that situation."
This app costs $2 a month through Sprint. There are similar apps you may be able to find for free but the evidence is strong, distracted driving is a problem.
Don't forget. We here at WFMY News 2 want you to stay safe behind the wheel by pledging to put down the phone. You can still take the Great Hang Up Pledge by clicking here.
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