Now, one local company called GoodForLYF is working to cut down on those accidents with a new cell phone application.
Kelly Cline lost her 20-year-old son to a wreck caused by texting behind the wheel. She said this new application is a step in the right direction.
"He always had a smile on his face but like most kids his age he thought he was invincible. Unfortunately, he was wrong," Cline said.
Here's how it works.
First, you download the application on your phone. Then, you open the application before you begin to drive. The application will sense when your car goes over 15 miles per hour. For every mile the phone is not used, the application will give the driver points.
Those points will then be tallied on the GoodforLYF website which will put the driver in the running for prizes.
Bret Blakely with the company said they are using positive reinforcement to promote safe driving.
"The actual name LYF it's a play on words but it stands for "Love Your Family" and this is what this issue comes down to, protecting your loved ones," Blakely said.
Cline said her family learned the dangers of texting and driving the hard way but she hopes this application, along with support from others, can help stop these senseless deaths.
"This is an incentive tool to help that process along and to help the kids choose not to text and drive," Cline said.
To kick off the program, you can get in the running for what the company calls a "Bushel of Apples". This is a prize pack that will include an iPhone, iPod, an iPad and a trip to the big apple. This drawing will be held in December.
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