Hang Up: Dad creates driving app on behalf of kids

10:49 AM, Mar 22, 2012   |    comments
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Littleton, Colorado --  A father of 8-year-old triplets is so worried about what it will be like for his kids to drive in eight years, he's taking matters into his own hands.

He's created an app for cell phones that has the potential to save the lives of drivers today and future drivers.

"I don't want them on the road doing this," Troy Orner, the creator of the Life Before Text app, said.

Troy says his triplets have grown-up so fast, before he knows it, all three will be asking for the car keys.

"The thought of them driving in today's world, there's so many distractions and meaningless deaths on the road caused by people texting," Troy said.

That's why two years ago, Troy began working on a cell phone app to block calls, emails, and texts while driving.

He hired a California company to help develop his app.

The Life Before Text app has just hit the market.

"It was kind of a shock that it finally came together," Troy said.

As distracted driving claims more lives and makes more headlines, more and more safe driving apps are becoming available to drivers.

"If I'm driving down the road and want to text somebody, this is what comes up," Troy said while demonstrating the app for 9NEWS.

We took Troy's app for a test drive.

Parents have a few options on the speed limit.

When we took Troy's app for a test drive, we set the speed limit to 10 miles per hour. At that speed the app is supposed to block calls, texts and emails.

"There it is right there it says 'missed call' and it didn't ring, it didn't bother you?" 9NEWS Anchor/Reporter Eric Kahnert asked Troy.

"No. I've got my eyes on the road, making sure I don't get into a wreck," Troy said.

Emergency calls can be made.

If a teenage driver disables the app, the parents will get an email.

If the app is deleted, an email can also be sent to an insurance agent who may be giving the teen driver a discount for having the app installed.

Troy spent $20,000 creating the app. Consumers can buy it for a one-time fee of $3.98.

You can learn more about the app at lifebeforetext.com.