New App Blocks Texts for Teen Drivers

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LITTLETON, Colo. -- A Colorado dad wants to keep teens safe as they drive. Troy Orner created a cell phone app that blocks calls, texts and emails while driving.

Orner is the father of triplets and that inspired him to make the road safe. He started working on the application two years ago. He hired a California company to help with the development.

"The thought of them driving in today's world," Orner said. "They're eight, so they're eight years away from driving. There's so many distractions and meaningless deaths on the road caused by people texting."

Safe driving apps are becoming more popular as more people lose their lives to distracted driving. Parents have few options to control their child's speed, but this app can keep your kid from taking their eyes off the road, which could have deadly results. If needed, emergency calls can be made with the app. If a teen driver tries to disable the app, parents will get an email. If the app is deleted, an email can also get sent to an insurance agent who may be giving the teen driver a discount for having the app installed.

Orner spent $20,000 creating the application. People can buy it for a one time fee of $3.98. Orner said it's not about the money. He says it's about the safety of drivers.

"Even if I don't make any money off this, it's worth the investment that I made to put on my children's phones," he said.

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