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App shows cell phone bans by state

By Kafia Hosh
Kafia Hosh

With so many states passing distracted driving laws, Thanksgiving travelers might find it hard to keep track of what kind of cell phone use is illegal in each state.
Illume Software, creators of the iZUP cell phone application, launched a new feature to help clear up some of the confusion this holiday.

The iZUP Guide to Thanksgiving Travel shows a United States map that identifies states with handheld and texting bans for drivers.

Pennsylvania, the map shows, is the only Middle Atlantic state without any kind of cellular-use ban.

"We are hoping that by educating travelers on distracted driving bans, Illume Software can help make the roads safer over the Thanksgiving holiday while also raising awareness of the serious danger of cell phone use behind the wheel," said Dan Ross, chief executive officer of the Massachusetts-based company.

Thirty states enforce texting and driving bans and another 10 states or territories, including the District and the Virgina Islands, ban handheld cell phone use while driving.

The iZUP sends incoming calls to voicemail and holds text and email messages until a vehicle stops and a driver can respond to them safely. iZUP also prevents outgoing calls, texts and emails while driving, but allows emergency calls to 911 and authorized numbers.
The application is currently available on a variety of Blackberry, Android and Windows Mobile handsets--but apparently not the iPhone. iZUP pricing is regularly $2.95 for a single user, annually for $19.95 and $5.95 monthly and $59.95 annually for a family plan.

By Kafia Hosh  | November 16, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
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Comments

Is the Dr. Gridlock column intended to be used as an advertisement? I'd rather see either a disclaimer that the Post was paid for this 'article' or a compare/contrast of various driving apps such as DriveSafe.ly or zoomsafer. There's others out there too.

Posted by: OfficePhone | November 16, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The interns have to write something.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 16, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't mind writing...just not a copy/pasted press release.

Posted by: OfficePhone | November 16, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I assume the people who download this software will probably use it whilst driving, thus defeating the purpose. :-)

Posted by: 1995hoo | November 16, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

The SAFECELlapp at www.safecellapp.com pushes the applicable laws directly to the users cell phone based on real time GPS location. It will notify the users with a audible and visual prompt to their cell phones. It will also notify them of published school zones when entering them.

Posted by: Staylor3 | November 17, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

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