Reduce your risk of Boca Raton car accident caused by text messaging — there’s an app for that

If you want to get serious about leaving your cell phone alone while driving, there’s now an app for that. Options Media Group, a Boca Raton company, has launched PhoneGuard, which is an anti-texting software that deactivates your phone’s keyboard while inside a moving car.

Boca Raton injury lawyers understand the dangers caused by distracted driving. We urge you to get serious about the dangers of distracted driving and to make a pact as a family to put the phone down and drive in 2011. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports about 5,000 people are killed and 500,000 injured each year in car accidents caused by distracted driving.

Florida is one of the few states that has not yet outlawed text messaging and/or cell phone use by drivers.

The Palm Beach Post reports that PhoneGuard works by using GPS and satellites to track a phone’s speed and location. Once a vehicle reaches 10 mph, the app eliminates a phone’s ability to text, e-mail, surf the web or instant message.

Senders of incoming messages are even notified that the recipient is busy driving and cannot immediately respond.

“It’s an important time for this product because we are all guilty of texting and driving,” said Scott Frohman, the CEO and chairman of Options Media and PhoneGuard. “It’s time to get back to paying attention to the road and get away from distracting devices.”

The application also has Speed Alert, which can notify a parent or employer when the phone, and thus the vehicle and the phone’s owner, are traveling over a certain speed. The program will send a text message and a map, providing both the location and the speed.

TimeOut is another feature that permits for the control of the hours in which surfing the web, texting and e-mailing are allowed.

The application is available for Blackberry and Android phones and is expected to be available next month for iPhones and Windows mobile devices.