Technology Aims to Reduce Distracted Driving and Auto Insurance Claims

White mobile phoneWith distracted driving leading to more serious injury insurance claims than ever, lawmakers and parents are searching for ways to keep teenagers off of cell phones.

Lawmakers across the country have taken steps to cut down on distracted driving, which they say is primarily caused by teens who make calls and text on their cell phones while driving. On July 1, Georgia will become the latest state to ban cell phone use while driving.

Even so, national campaigns and policy changes aren’t enough to deter teenagers who are multi-tasking constantly, said a spokesperson with TxTStopper. The company has developed technology that it says will clamp down on the problem permanently, by completely cutting off a cell phone’s ability to communicate while the car is in motion.

Furthermore, the TxtStopper shuts down all phones and wireless devices in a car, including passenger’s phones and global positioning systems. Critics have called the unfamiliar technology harsh. The truth of the matter is that auto insurance for teenagers is not cheap and if a parent feels that it is necessary to make keep their teen safe this could be an intriguing option for parents looking to keep their teens focused on the road. Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death among teenagers, according to the most recent data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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