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Device Disables Teens' Cell Phones While They're Driving

Researchers from the University of Utah have invented a device that prevents teenagers from texting or talking on a cellphone while driving by disabling the...
January 8, 2009

Researchers from the University of Utah have invented a device that prevents teenagers from texting or talking on a cellphone while driving by disabling the phone as long as the car key stays in the ignition. Younger drivers have long had higher accident rates, and when their dedication to cellphones is added to the mix, the risk goes only higher. The devices, which communicate with the driver's cellphone using Bluetooth technology, can be programmed to allow different degrees of usage. The device is not yet on the market. Its inventors plan to license it to cellphone companies.

Car Key Device Jams Teens' Cell Phones (U.S. News & World Report 1/5/09)