Originally Posted by powg
The cell phone providers must get with auto manufactuers to devise a integrated technology that suspends cell phone texting /receiving text while vehicle is in motion .Said vehicle must be put in'' park'' if it has an auto trans ,''neutral'' with park brake set for standard shift trans.
Don't take this the wrong way but that is the exact logic used to outlaw guns. Just as we say a firearm is a tool, so is a cell phone. Don't blame the tool blame the person using the tool in a negligent or dangerous manner.
Drunk driving causes more fatal accidents than texting, should we also have mandatory breath tests to operate the vehicle? That is being talked about by some governments. I believe there was a thread about it maybe a month ago.
All that said, I'm surprised there is not a smartphone app that disables texting while moving. Our phones are capable of doing that now, the app just needs to be created. How about this as a possible solution. Have an option on smartphones like the Iphone that require bluetooth to be turned on in order to text. Have cars with bluetooth installed have a parental control option that transmits a signal to all phones connected that says the car is not in park so don't allow texting. This would disable texting for the person who most commonly uses the car. Their friends would still be able to use their phones as they are not likely connected to the bluetooth device. I'm not sure if the bluetooth standard would support this but I'm pretty sure it would.