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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2013 1:30:20 PM

Cellcontrol and Esurance recently announced a partnership that will allow parents to place devices in vehicles that it says will be effective in preventing distracted driving.

The small device can block mobile phone calls, texts, email, Internet, and other smartphone applications while the car is in motion, keeping teens focused on the road, reducing distracted driving, and helping to save lives, according to a press release.

It works like this: Esurance customers simply download the free app, plug a small device into their car’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) port, and enter the settings for as many devices as they want to control, including laptops and tablets. Using non-pairing Bluetooth technology from Cellcontrol, the...

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BlueJaysMVP33
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2013 11:31:36 AM

Another great idea to stick hands in my pockets for more coin. I'm pretty sure the insurance companies will get a hold of this and make it a mandatory requirement for policies. Pretty sure the government will be sticking their hand in our other pocket as well. These great ideas always cost the little man more money than he can afford. Stick the idea up your ass and start issuing $500.00 fines for those who continue to talk on their phones while driving. Now there is a solution that makes sense and you'll find people paying a little more attention to the roads in front of them.
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2013 1:42:08 AM

All this because of a lack of discipline and common sense.
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2013 10:46:39 PM

technology to protect us from technology
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2013 12:40:40 AM

only way to cut down texting and driving is to make devices that don't allow for an optional turn off. Of course, that means, anyone in a vehicle would be unable to use their devices...
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2013 12:14:04 AM

priver: indeed. Far more adults do it.
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priver
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2013 1:10:38 PM

it's not just kids texting and driving..
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2500diesel
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2013 12:51:03 PM


INSTALL'EM AT THE FACTORY AND MAKE THEM MANDATORY.
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Donatelo
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2013 8:43:14 AM

good idea
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2013 5:57:13 AM

will that vehicle konw when there is a change in the behavior?
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2013 11:36:03 PM

just put the phone down
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danindenver
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 11:32:41 PM

And while we're at it, let's require all smokers to take some sort of antabuse so that they won't be tempted to stand outside my favorite restaurant and pollute the air.

How can anyone be in favor of killing people with air pollution?

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300kmiles
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 4:35:44 PM

Great! Make it a law.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 4:21:10 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:54:47 PM

jail would work best
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:50:10 PM

On Apr 10, 2013 1:20:53 PM, CatMan623 wrote:

>Install 'em at the factory and make them mandatory.

Sounds like a Big Brother stupid law that will impair freedoms. There are very valid reasons to allow people in moving vehicles to use a cell phone and then your broad brush law will likely delay notification of the authorities in an emergency situations.

>Too many folks breaking the law and talking/texting/whatever
>on their bloody devices.

Using a cell phone is not against the law in the City of Houston. Guess you must actually live in one of the nanny state suburbs.

>Impound the car and lock up the drivers if they're caught.

Sounds like an approach the Nazis would have approved.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:48:31 PM

I thought the government was dead set against cell phone blockers in any form. If I could legally drive with a cell phone blocker with a 50-foot diameter I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
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snappytom2
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:40:42 PM

These devices should be built into cars by the manufacturers and paid for by the cell phone providers. The cell phone providers created the problem and they should pay for the solution to the problem.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:36:04 PM

we need this in every car and truck in america
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:33:08 PM

More driver's education is key. Too many public schools are dropping the course which is a mistake.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:30:04 PM

very old news here >>
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:28:23 PM

it would be good if it would work, helping save lives......
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:28:19 PM

A very good idea!
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:24:17 PM

They will find a way around it.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:23:59 PM

today's teens will by-pass in seconds
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:21:40 PM

Turn off your CEL phone when you drive... free...easy...no problem... why do we have to protect ourselves from ourselves...
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CatMan623
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:20:53 PM

Install 'em at the factory and make them mandatory. Too many folks breaking the law and talking/texting/whatever on their bloody devices.

Impound the car and lock up the drivers if they're caught.

No, I'm not kidding.
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billwho
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:18:08 PM

Slightly old, still very good article.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:17:02 PM

Good luck.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:15:56 PM

These should be installed on all cars, and not just by an insurance company. Cell phone use is against the law in most states, and just makes sense not to have them available in a moving vehicle.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:15:34 PM

and then they will look at their devices to see why they are not working. So either way they will find a way to wreck themselves.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:11:23 PM

a great app for teenagers!
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rrs517
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:08:23 PM

You can't protect an idiot from himself.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:03:43 PM

It's simple keep your eyes on the road, nothing but excuses for bad drivers!
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:03:12 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:03:10 PM

there will always be distractions
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:01:52 PM

acorns
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:00:59 PM

dylan126 has the right idea......cattle prod!!
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thirty8paces
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:00:27 PM

Eh....if they want to find a way around it, they will.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:58:48 PM

Very good idea...
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dylan126
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:57:40 PM

they could install a cattle prod for the ones that start to nod off
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:53:47 PM

Good in theory at least.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:53:02 PM

Don't own gadgets to distract me.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:50:25 PM

great idea, if only it could control daydreaming
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:49:39 PM

Like I'm voluntarily going to pay for restrictions. Duh!
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:44:57 PM

We shall see!
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:44:11 PM

good
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:43:56 PM

Sounds like a good idea to me.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:43:44 PM

Such devices can and will be disabled.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:43:33 PM

How's this for a "new idea"... don't give them the devices that cause distracted driving.
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szd55
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:43:30 PM

It would be great to get one of these for the family...
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