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App alerts parents if teens text and drive

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SOUTH CAROLINA (WIS) - A new approach to the war on texting while driving has been created in the Palmetto State.

This week, a group called "The Canary Project" out of Columbia, SC, launched  a new cell phone app.

The app sends parents instant notifications when their child speeds, texts or talks on the phone while driving.

A startup company called 52 Apps developed the "Canary" application, and they say after testing it amongst themselves, it's very effective.

"If Bill was speeding, my phone would start dinging and dinging and dinging, and if Chris was texting and driving, my phone would ding. What we discovered is, the fact that other people know, gets you to stop doing it," claims Steve Leicht with 52 Apps.  

Canary is currently available in the app store and the Google Play store.

The app is a core part of the Canary Project the company will be aggressively pushing for anti-texting legislation, producing public service announcements, and creating distracted driving courses.  

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