The Iowa Department of Transportation is working to develop a smartphone app that will prevent teens from texting while driving.
The state is in the process of finding a vendor for the app. While it will be available to all Iowa drivers, the app will not be free, so the state is planning to cover the cost for drivers aged 14 to 17.
Andrea Henry, Director of Communication for the IDOT, tells CBS4 that the app would detect when a driver is moving faster than 15 miles per hour and automatically disable the texting and talking features of the phone.
Parents will be able to track behaviors like speeding or running a stop sign. If someone calls or texts a phone that is disabled, the app will send back a message that says something like "I can't talk right now, I'm driving."
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