Drivers that text are one of the greatest threats on our nation's roadways. There's just no safe way to handle a three ton vehicle at seventy miles per hour while staring at a two inch screen and typing furiously about the Jonas Brothers. Texting while driving needs to end, which is why the new Textecution app from Android needs to be mandatory in all teenager's mobile phones. I realize they aren't the only ones doing the texting, but you've got to start somewhere.
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According to Android And Me the Textecution app completely disables your phone's ability to send text messages while driving. The app was built so that parents could install it on their kid's phone and ensure that they aren't screwing around on cell phones while they're supposed to be paying attention to the road.
Textecution runs in the background and keeps track of the phone's movement. When the phone starts travelling over 10 mph, the text messaging feature is disabled. Users can request special permission to text if they are the passenger. They just need to send the Administrator a text to ask them for a reprieve. Textecution is also capable of blocking browsing, email, IMing, or Youtube viewing while on the road.
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The Textecution app is currently for sale on the Android Market for $9.99. It does have a few holes. There's no way to block children from deleting the app, and kids are still perfectly capable of calling their friends while driving. The fact that this app costs money and only works on Android phones is going to greatly limit its potential pool of users, but hopefully this app will get approval on the iPhone and other app markets soon.