Preventing teens from texting and driving

Smart phone applications can help focus young drivers

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Does your child text? Does he or she drive? Well, there's a good chance that they are doing both at the same time. A recent study by the Institute of Highway Safety states 40 percent of people use their cell phones will they drive. Now, there are some solutions for parents worried about their kids driving and texting.

17-year-old Jeanier Anderson is a self proclaimed texting diva, carrying around two phones at a time. She tells Local 10 when she drives they are in the backseat.

Anderson wasn't always this way. A few months ago she was in an accident because of her texting. Thankfully no one was hurt. But before this happens to your kids, you may want check out these apps.

For $3.99 per month Drive App reads text messages and emails out loud—and then automatically response—without the user ever having to touch the phone. This application is available on all smartphones.

For about $5.00 a month the Drive Smart Plus App for android users can actually sense when you are driving by GPS. Once your moving it automatically blocks texting.

And if you don't have G-P-S you can go with the Key2 Safe Driving Gadget. It's a combination of hardware and software that blocks drivers from using their phone while driving. This will cost you a flat rate fee of $99.

Experts also say it's better to keep your cell phone in the back seat, preferably in a purse or bag.