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Wear your thumb socks – Click above to watch video after the jump

In the never-ending battle to get teenage drivers to put down their cell phones while driving, Sprint has assembled an A-Team of comedic force to advocate the use of thumb socks. We're not kidding. The ever-hilarious comedians Ken Jeong and Joel McHale have jumped on board to get teens to wrap up their opposable digits while driving. The theory is that the slick sock fabric makes it nearly impossible manipulate your phone's buttons and cuts out using the iPhone's touchscreen all together.

Sprint will be more than happy to send you three pairs of the socks once you sign up for an account over at the Do Something web site. The company is hoping kids will give the extra pairs to their friends, or keep a pair in the glove box.

Sounds like a good idea, to be sure. Thing is, we have a hard time believing your average teenager is going to embrace wearing something that's four fingers short of a glove and takes effort to put on. Considering the fact that tying shoe laces is too much a stretch for most of the sub-20 population, we don't expect to see thumb socks become all the rage all of a sudden. Hit the jump to see Jeong and McHale do their best to get the word out.

[Source: Do Something]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Signing up!

      The less fortunate like me can use the extra socks to keep something else warm, and away fron texting....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha, you know what they say about dudes with small thumbs......They wear small thumb socks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about we just recognize that there are plenty of ways other than text messages for idiots to become distracted and only give licenses to people that respect the amount of energy they're controlling and can make intelligent decisions about when it is safe to multitask? Outrageous idea, I know.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


      I signed up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ken Jeong FTW!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        'Community' FTW

        Because it has both at their best.

        Please watch.

        NBC Thursdays at 8.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Both are very hilarious.

        But I prefer McHale's cleverness, over Jeong's usual comedic false indignance.

        Plus McHale is Craig Ferguson's freind... as are Gerry Butler, and Ewan McGregor. Kind of makes me wish I was of scottish descent. :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        Joel McHale FTW!!!

        FTFY
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sign up and request your free pair of anti-braking shoes while your at the 'Do Something' web site. They're so big and spongy that you cannot possibly push the decelerator pedal more than 1/3rd of the way down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if these will allow me to play Forza longer. Duct tape certainly hasnt helped. Signing up. :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Have the feds make a new regulation that disables the texting functions of all cellphones if their GPS movements exceed 10mph. I was going to suggest 'emits a painful shock' instead of the disabling, but you know how some bleeding hearts get. :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Eleanor - it would have to be on the phone, but I was really kidding. The gov't is only good at 2 things - spending money and screwing up.

        There probably is no good way to stop morons from using their phone and driving. As long as 2 or more ride in a car, the offending driver can get his buddy to say he was using the phone. So laws along the line of DUI penalties will be rather unenforceable, and the hubris of drivers makes them think they can handle anything. Even after they maim or kill.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Interesting idea - but how would they enforce it? Let's say a device in the car - but the government has enough on its hands that it's unlikely to take on retrofitting 250m cars with anti-texting ignition interlocks.

        A great solution that riffs on your idea is to put the restriction on the phone itself. ZoomSafer www.zoomsafer.com has software that automatically prevents texting and emailing when you hit 15mph, but still allows you to make and take phone calls.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd be pretty pissed if the government took away my ability to text while riding the bus or riding in the passenger seat of a car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I posted pretty much the same comment as Erik. But, apparently Autoblog doesn't allow you to say RE tard. Dammit. If only Jalopnik would fix my log in.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I dropped my sense of humor, can either of you help me find it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about the driver of the car has to plug his or her phone into an Aux jack to enable the stick shift to move from park to drive. The Aux jack would consequently shut off all texting abilities (sending and receiving) until the car is parked once again and the phone is removed from the jack... That would be pretty nifty now wouldn't it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey Justin, ever lost your cell phone? Many have, even in the 21st century. If I lost mine I think I'd still want to be able to put my car in gear and drive to the cellular provider of my choice and get a new one. Face it dude, it's a dumb idea.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good thought Justin, but um... yeah what Tom Winch said. Let's go at it from another angle; no driver under the age of 24 (negotiable) is allowed to drive anyhting heavier than a mid 90's Miata.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Welcome to the year 2010 Tom. What teenager doesn't have a cell phone now a days. This is the Generation of technology where it's a "necessity" to carry your phone with you at all times. We wouldn't have this problem if teens left their phones at home. The point of having a cell phone is too be connected anywhere you go.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So in other words, if you don't have your cell phone with you, you can't put your car in drive? You're a genius!
      • 4 Years Ago

      Instead of teaching people to behave and follow the rules of the road lets design restrictive clothing that prevents you from breaking the law in the first place !

      Sign up and request your free pair of anti-speeding shoes while your at the 'Do Something' web site. They're so big and spongy that you cannot possibly push the accelerator pedal more than 1/3rd of the way down.
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