• fb_100004704275800 avatar fb_100004704275800 Posted: 3/21/2013 9:51am PDT

    Stopping distracted driving requires changing behaviors. When a phone signals an incoming call or message, the desire to respond is almost Pavlovian.

    Families can help each other avoid the strong temptation to pick up smartphones while on the road with an app for iPhones and Android phones called, Canary. Canary reports to an accountability partner (e.g. parent, spouse, friend, employer) and creates a log entry anytime a person uses a smartphone in any way (including texting, tweeting, surfing the web, etc.), while traveling at least 12 mph. Users find the resulting reports sobering (most have no idea how often they are risking their lives and the lives of others). www.thecanaryproject.com