App shows cell phone bans by state
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.
| November 16, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
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