Texting while driving is some pretty dangerous bloodsport. Knowing that still isn't going to change the behavior of an insolent teen. So why not take matters into your own hands, parents, and install a mini cellphone jammer in the family car? TxtStopper, a professionally installed 12 volt device, will apparently shut down all communications on any US cellphones operating in the car -- yes, including the non-driving passengers -- when the car is on and in gear. Unfortunately, TxtStopper's site chooses to prey on consumer fears rather than offer up any real technical details so we'll just trust them that it works as advertised, ok? For $200, maybe not.

As an aside, the image above was grabbed from Microsoft's promotional video for its new Windows Live Messenger beta. A touch irresponsible to be promoting its mobile Messaging app for smartphones in this way don't you think? Skip ahead to the 1 minute 55 second mark of the embedded video if you need an outlet for your Monday morning angst.

[Thanks, Max]

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TxTStopper™ Launches Full Frontal Assault To Stop Texting While Driving

TxTStopper™, a new accident avoidance technology leads a national effort to save the lives of the highest at-risk driving group – America's teens.

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Personal pledges and national campaigns to stop texting, talking and emailing while driving are laudable; the reality is that we are so 'dialed' in to communicating and multi-tasking constantly, unless the phone is left at home, it's going to be used while driving
It's not that I don't trust my daughter but the temptation to text while driving is just too great
I wanted something that turned the car into a 'No Phone Zone' so no matter what, my daughter CAN'T text, talk or email while she's driving.
I tried the phone app but it was just too easy to remove, not to mention the monthly fee. I bought TxTStopper™ and had it installed in my son's car and have no worries about him texting or talking while he's driving.

Atlanta, GA (Vocus/PRWEB ) June 28, 2010 -- America's teenage drivers are dying on its roads at an alarming rate and all signs point to one common denominator – Texting While Driving. Recent statistics provide sobering evidence of this growing epidemic but perhaps none more so than this: motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 16-20 year olds. TxTStopper™, a new accident avoidance technology leads a national effort to save the lives of the highest at-risk driving group – America's teens.

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The problem is so acute that one more state, Georgia, has joined 27 other states, the District of Columbia and Guam enacting legislation banning teenage drivers from any cell phone use while driving. The new Georgia law, which goes into effect July 1, 2010, is the latest in a national effort to create 'No Phone Zones,' an initiative recently launched by Media Mogul and Mega Philanthropist Oprah Winfrey.

TxTStopper™ has taken the 'No Phone Zone' a step further by introducing a patent-pending, accident avoidance technology that turns any vehicle into a 'No Phone Zone'. "Personal pledges and national campaigns to stop texting, talking and emailing while driving are laudable; the reality is that we are so 'dialed' in to communicating and multi-tasking constantly, unless the phone is left at home, it's going to be used while driving," says a TxTStopper™ spokesperson.

Statistically, teenagers and young drivers are the most vulnerable; each year over 6,000 teens ages 16 to 20 die due to fatal injuries caused by car accidents and about 400,000 drivers age 16 to 20 will be seriously injured in car accidents; unfortunately, when it comes to the dangers of texting, talking or emailing while driving, teen drivers also are the toughest to convince. "It's not that I don't trust my daughter but the temptation to text while driving is just too great," concurs an Atlanta mom. "I wanted something that turned the car into a 'No Phone Zone' so no matter what, my daughter CAN'T text, talk or email while she's driving." That's just what TxTStopper™ does!

TxTStopper™ is a seamless, stand-alone, in-vehicle, mobile electronic device that completely prevents texting, talking and emailing functions while the car is in drive mode. It works in any vehicle and with any cell/mobile phone and, once installed, is tamper-proof. It's affordable – you buy it, install it and forget it. There are no monthly maintenance fees. And, it's reliable! Tony W., parent of a teenage driver adds his own testimonial, "I tried the phone app but it was just too easy to remove, not to mention the monthly fee. I bought TxTStopper™ and had it installed in my son's car and have no worries about him texting or talking while he's driving." Visit Txtstopper.com and make your car a 'No Phone Zone' today!

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TxTStopper announces cellphone jammer for your car, Microsoft too busy texting and driving to notice