New technology aims to prevent people from texting while driving

New technology has been launched which aims to prevent people from texting while driving.

Textecution disables a phone’s texting function when a handset is travelling at speeds of over 10mph. The application, which is available for just $9.95, has been designed for parents to put on their kids’ phones to encourage safer driving.

But Carl Christopher, spokesperson for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, believes that Textecution could be used by drivers of all ages.

While acknowledging that young males are more likely to be involved in car accidents than any other section of society, he offered the opinion that "whether this is to do with texting is another matter…"

Mr Christopher thinks that parents are just as prone to text-driving as their offspring.

He said: "If Textecution works for teenagers, it should work for young people, middle-aged people and elderly people too. Using the phone when driving is not just something that young people should not do, it is something that no one should do."

Written by James Christie

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