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Device maker claims to eliminate texting and driving

Many chronically distracted drivers disregard the safety of other people on the road in the name of using their smartphones whenever they want. Others know that texting and driving is dangerous, but cannot resist temptation when they receive a new text message.

Either type of distracted driver can kill or seriously hurt somebody in an auto wreck. For those who want to quit this dangerous habit before they injury somebody, but lack the willpower to put their phone away, a new device might be able to help.Many chronically distracted drivers disregard the safety of other people on the road in the name of using their smartphones whenever they want. Others know that texting and driving is dangerous, but cannot resist temptation when they receive a new text message.

Either type of distracted driver can kill or seriously hurt somebody in an auto wreck. For those who want to quit this dangerous habit before they injury somebody, but lack the willpower to put their phone away, a new device might be able to help.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the device, called Groove, blocks most signals to the driver's cellphone while the car is going 5 mph or faster. Text messages, new emails and so on do not get through, only GPS navigational data and music are allowed. The device's inventor says the device fits into a port on the steering wheel, and does not affect the phones of any passengers in the car.

While politicians have shown support to the company behind Groove, they have refused to take legislative action and encouraged the company to work with wireless data providers instead. The inventor says that Sprint has been testing Groove, and could start selling the device sometime next year.