More than 25 percent of American teens admit to the dangerous habit of texting while behind the wheel resulting to teen driving accidents. Now a South Carolina group wants to reduce that statistic with the help of a special technology.

The Canary Project, an initiative started by the app developer 52apps, is promoting a smart phone app to alert parents when their teens are texting, talking on the phone or using social media while on the road.

How the Texting App Works

According to Jani Spede, the CEO of this initiative, the Canary app reports any texting that occurs when a driver is going over 12 miles per hour. The person who receives this report is viewed as the driver’s “accountability partner.” This individual will receive real-time message alerts as soon as the vehicle operator begins using a smart phone at certain speeds behind the wheel.

Parents can designate themselves as accountability partners to monitor their children’s actions and discourage distracted driving. It could be a valuable tool for families to address this potentially lethal problem, ensuring an end to the use of hand-held devices while operating motor vehicles.

Need Legal Help?

Automobile crashes can occur for many different reasons. Sometimes drivers are distracted by smart phones, navigation systems or other devices, resulting in devastating consequences. Our South Carolina texting while driving accident attorneys at Joye Law Firm know that no matter what sparks a car accident, there can be physical, emotional and financial repercussions for all involved. That’s why we’re always ready to fight for your rights if you or someone you love is the victim of a South Carolina motor vehicle crash. Please contact us at 877-941-2615 or fill out our convenient online form today.

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About the Author

Mark Joye is the Head of the Litigation Department at the Joye Law Firm. A Board-Certified Trial Advocate with nearly 30 years of litigation experience, he currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and is a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice. In a recent trial, Joye headed a trial team that secured $17 million for a family killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

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