CellSafety Mobile Application

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Texting while driving is a major cause of automobile accidents. Credit: Getty

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tells us texting while driving is 40 percent more dangerous than drinking and driving. In fact, 15 people are killed each day by distracted drivers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Distracted driving is such a recognized problem that President Obama signed an executive order in 2009 banning federal employees from texting while operating government-owned vehicles.

But, while we understand the dangers of distracted driving, we're not so sure our teenage drivers really get it -- no matter how many times we talk to them about it -- and boy, does that make us nervous.

Enter CellSafety, a mobile application from WebSafety that uses the cell phone's GPS to detect when a car is moving faster than 10 miles per hour, then blocks the driver's ability to send or read text or email messages or use the phone's web browser.

The CellSafety application can also send a text to a designated number if the phone being tracked has attempted to text while driving or if the car has exceeded a particular speed. These and other features are controlled via a registered account at the WebSafety website.

CellSafety works on all four major wireless carriers and on the Android, Blackberry and Symbian wireless operating systems, which WebSafety says accounts for more than 54 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. Find out which phones are supported here.

Available at WebSafety for $9.99/month.

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