ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - You see it on the road almost every single day.
"I'm always constantly looking over and I see teens next to me, or even adults next to me, texting and driving and swerving back and forth across the lane," said Brandon Butts.
Butts, a Zephyrhills businessman, knew he had to do something about it.
New national numbers from the researchers at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York show texting while driving now kills more teens than drinking and driving. Nearly 43 percent of high school students of driving age report texting while driving at least once in the past 30 days.
Wanting to make a difference, with the help of a programmer, Butts invented what's called the Quiet Zone. It's a two-part system. One of his devices can silence phones in places like movie theaters and churches.
"It sends out a signal and it will automatically silence any phones in range that have our app," Butts said.
His second device, however, focuses solely on the car. It makes texting while driving impossible.
According to Butts, that one is already generating a lot of buzz.
"Everybody is asking me when can I get one and how quickly can I order one," he said.
The car device is about the same size as a thumb drive. Butts says customers can either have it permanently installed into the dash or they can just plug the device into the cigarette lighter in their car. Then, all you need to do is download the Quiet Zone application on your phone. Once that's installed, whenever you're near the device, the texting block turns on.
"Everything that requires looking at your phone, concentrating and typing, we're stopping all of those apps," said Butts.
Quiet Zone also comes with a parental monitoring system that tips parents off if their teen tries to disable the application.
Right now, the Quiet Zone device for buildings retails for $249. The one for cars is being sold for $329.
For more information on how to purchase one of these products, go to www.quiet-zone.com .
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