New "Cellcontrol" Program - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

New "Cellcontrol" Program

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - If you're looking to force a little safety on yourself or loved one, there's a new program out of Baton Rouge that can help. News Channel 5's Kathleen Witte got an in-car demonstration of how it works.

"Hundreds of thousands accidents every year, tens of thousands deaths," said Steve McKinney, COO of Cellcontrol.

Those frightening statistics on distracted driving are why Steve McKinney and his team created Cellcontrol, a program that keeps you from texting, emailing, tweeting, or talking on your phone while driving.

"And then it sends a signal out into the cabin of the vehicle that, coupled with an application on the phone, will essentially put up a blocking screen," McKinney said. "Prevent you from interacting with the device while the vehicle is in motion."

It starts with a small device that plugs into a port under the steering wheel.  

As the speedometer activates, so does Cellcontrol.

"So if I hit the home screen here, then try to send a text message, it will bring up the text screen but then immediately block it," McKinney said. "If I go back to that home screen and try to browse the web, it immediately blocks it."

You can still make emergency calls, but for less important phone functions, it's safety first.

"But all you have to do is pull over and stop the vehicle," said McKinney. "I mean that's what they want us to do anyway."

It's all to prevent those tragic accidents during the holidays – and every time of year.

"We understand it may be a bit of nuisance on some folks, but the real bottom line is it's going to save lives," Steve McKinney said.

For more information on Cellcontrol – and how you can get yours – click here.  

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