cellcontrol Supports Distracted Driving Prevention Act of 2009

Jun 09, 2010, 15:23 ET from cellcontrol

BATON ROUGE, La., June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- cellcontrol, a leading supplier of driving while distracted solutions, announced today that it applauds and supports the Distracted Driving Prevention Act of 2009. Also known as Senate Bill 1938 and cosponsored by Senators John Rockefeller (D-WV) and David Vitter (R-LA), the bill is designed to fiscally reward states for adopting regulations that would make it illegal to send text messages or use a mobile phone without a hands-free device while driving. This endorsement continues cellcontrol's consistent efforts of working with the U.S. Department of Transportation and Sec. Ray LaHood on ending distracted driving.

"We are thrilled to see the federal government, through Senators Rockefeller and Vitter, taking this step in addressing the significant social and economic costs of distracted driving," said cellcontrol CEO Chuck Cox. "However, laws and policies addressing mobile phone usage are just the beginning; other mobile devices, such as laptops and handheld devices, also cause dangerous distractions inside a vehicle.  cellcontrol is the only solution that prevents a driver from using mobile devices while driving by integrating the device with the vehicle to accurately determine that the vehicle is moving," said Cox.  "Laws and policies are important first steps, but a technology-based solution from the private sector needs to play a critical role in addressing this growing epidemic by creating a means of actively enforcing such laws and policies," he said.

cellcontrol works by plugging into a vehicle's on-board diagnostic computer, usually found underneath the steering column, of vehicles made in 1996 or later. Using Bluetooth® technology and a mobile device-specific application, cellcontrol accurately detects anytime a vehicle is in motion and immediately begins policy enforcement, including:

  • Preventing the sending of texts and emails,
  • Sending incoming calls to voicemail and showing a missed call,
  • Preventing outgoing phone calls except for emergency numbers, i.e. 911, and policy-programmed "allowed" numbers, and
  • Preventing mobile Internet interaction.

With cellcontrol, there is no loss of communication to the user, as text messages and e-mail are still received on the device, but interaction is simply prevented while in motion. The solution is highly flexible, as users can choose to block all mobile functions or select to block only texts or only phone calls, whatever a company's or family's policy dictates.  When the vehicle is stopped and returns to a safe mobile device operating status, all handset functions automatically return to normal.

For more information on cellcontrol™, visit www.cellcontrol.com.

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