• Feb 28th 2010 at 12:46PM
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If you're truly worried about your teenager and what he or she might get into – or plow into – using a cellphone while driving, then perhaps you might find Cell Cease of interest. If your teen's phone runs on Windows Mobile and has GPS, Cell Cease will block the ability to make and receive most phone calls if it detects the phone is moving more than 5 miles per hour. Only 911 calls and an allowed numbers list will be able to get through otherwise.

Once installed, Cell Cease makes changes to the software with with a PIN code. While safety is the intended benefit, there are not-insignificant downsides. Running Cell Cease can reduce your usable battery time by up to 20 percent, for one. Even more importantly, Cell Cease can't tell how you're moving faster than 5 mph. If you're a passenger in a car, riding on a bus or train, cruising in a sailboat, or even just walking pretty quickly, it doesn't matter: your phone is rendered nearly useless. On another note, is there a teen in the world that actually uses a WinMo phone?

[Source: Cell Cease | Image: Ryan HarveyCC.2.0]

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Cell Cease(TM) Phone Application Aims to Keep Teens' Eyes on the Road

ST. PETERS, Mo., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Teens and cars: the combination has never been more risky than it is today. In addition to the distractions provided by passengers, music and roadside scenery, the cell phone has added one more dangerous distraction for these inexperienced drivers.

And the distraction provided by the cell phone has increased with the popularity of texting and the introduction of smart phones that can do anything from play music to email, to take and store pictures.

A new cell phone application aims to limit this distraction. Designed with parents of teens in mind, the Cell Cease(TM) application will block calls and texts while a vehicle is in motion.

Cell Cease(TM) will prohibit teens from texting while driving; however, it will allow them to send and receive calls from a list of approved numbers, which parents can control and modify using a PIN code. The Cell Cease(TM) application always allows emergency calls to and from 911.

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, 25% percent of U.S. teens aged 16 to 17 who have cell phones admitted to texting while driving, and twice as many say they have been in the car with someone that has. This and other driving distractions have been the cause of a reported 5,870 fatalities and 515,000 injuries in the past year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Texting has been found to be so dangerous, professional truck and bus drivers who "text and drive" can be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750.

"Every young driver has a whole world of new things to concentrate on," says Brad White, CEO of Cell Cease(TM). "With Cell Cease(TM), their phones are limited to emergency and parentally approved calls while driving, but unlimited when they are not. This reduces a primary cause of distractions and accidents for teens."

Cell Cease(TM) is a proactive option for parents who want to ensure young drivers are keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      So does installing this application prevent the person from using the phone while a passenger in a moving vehicle? Or on public transit? Seems like it would from the description given.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm 19, and I had a Windows Mobile phone when I was 17.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, a person would get this app if they were "unable" to not text while driving? Seriously, how little self control do some people have?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too complicated.

      "Install this app. Activate this, enter 50-digit pin number, press that, etc etc etc".

      People just shouldn't text.


      I've flicked off about 5 people so far on the road texting, and they always look so surprised.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's because no one ever thinks they driving poorly, ever. Almost every person on the road fully believes they are the smartest, safest, and best driver that ever existed and CERTAINLY the best one on the road at that time.

        You're better off just making a mental note of them and keeping your distance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've come to the conclusion that most people consider 'driving' the 2nd most important activity involved with piloting a motor vehicle, at best. The list typically goes like this:

        1. Texting/talking on a cell phone
        2. Driving (checking email)
        3. Eating (Driving)
        4. Misc. (Driving)

        You would think that there'd be a longer list of qualifications, regulations, and consequences behind using a 4000lb vehicle capable of 70MPH cruising speeds, but alas, anyone with a pulse and the ability to read a series of decreasing-font-size letters automatically gets the nod.
        • 5 Years Ago
        MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS: The ultimate "app" for cutting cell-phone use while driving.

        At the very least, it necessarily bumps driving to the #1 slot in UCJR's priority list more of the time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amen, Sean,

        The other day I was on I-80 driving 65. A line of trucks was in the right-hand lane so I moved to the left to pass. A lady in a Honda Pilot with kids in the back was driving about 40 just parked there so I flashed my brights once to signal her I'd like to get through. What ensued was about 10 miles of her slamming on her brakes in front of me, then speeding as fast as she could to cut me off in whatever lane I was in and then slamming her brakes on again to try and force me to go about 30 mph. A couple of times, in order to get in front of me, she would cut between two of the previously mentioned semis all the way to the right where the on-ramp merger was and then sped up to pass the truck on its right and then cut me off again in the far left lane. All this. With what looked to be kindergarten-aged children in the back seat. While holding a cell-phone (I could see the light from the screen moving around in the cabin). What really needs to happen is for people who drive like asses to be pulled over by the police and fined so steeply that they a) learn their lesson or b) can never afford to drive again.
        • 5 Years Ago
        whoa! your not saying you expect people to have common sense do you?
        • 5 Years Ago
        PJ, awesome post, so true! Manuals would solve a lot of road distractions. I wish our roads and road training were more European - you get a certain (limited) license if you can drive an automatic, and a full license if you can drive a vehicle with a manual transmission.

        But about the issue of the cell-phone nanny, I kind of get it, but concerned parents shouldn't really need it. Spend time with your kids, tell them face-to-face why it isn't a good idea, lead by example and then just have some faith in your kids.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The solution would be better driver training like they have in Europe... getting a license in the US is not hard enough. I wanted better training when I was learning to drive and I still want it 15 years later.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a weak get-rich-quick scheme. FAIL.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've never seen a windows mobile phone that didn't have an operating system level setting to disable the GPS, which would render this app useless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just curious as to why she has two fines, and why she's texting with the one without the full QWERTY keyboard. Seems kinda silly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why does she have two phones? I wish they would do this in Movie theaters.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haha, I don't think there are many things that use a WinMo phone. I know I don't, and I think I would be really pissed if it happened when I am not driving.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The safety nazis tell us to drive with care. People cause accidents. I say remember to park with care. Accidents cause people.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pssh... Entire tinfoil body suits only prevent 10% of the waves that the government sends into your head.

      That's why I wear a hat full of rats with antennas in their head, and inject myself with a solution that destroys the nanomachines in my blood.

      On top of the tinfoil body suit, that is.

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