Local Grandfathers Develop Stop2Text App

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ST. ANDREWS - Texting and driving has surpassed drunk driving as the leading cause of death among teenagers, up to 15 a day.

Two local men want to drastically reduce that risk.

"There's 1,600,000 texting and driving accidents every year," said Steven Ashe, Co-creator of Stop2Text.

Ashe and Grey Mckenzie are giving parents a tool to keep their kids legal.

They've developed a smart phone app called Stop2Text.

The app uses GPS to disable the ability to text when the phone exceeds 10 miles per hour.

Ashe said, "The texting application blocks anybody who texts. You will receive a text back, an auto-responder telling that person, 'I can't answer you I'm texting and driving'."

30 seconds after the vehicle stops, and the cell phone stops moving, texting functions return.

Between the two of them, Ashe and Mckenzie have ten grandchildren.

That's why the men created the app; they don't want their grandkids putting themselves at risk.

"Texting is a really bad habit. By the time they become old enough to drive they are completely addict to texting. We expect them to just not text while they are driving. It's a really hard habit to break," Ashe said.

"Ultimately, we just want to save lives. We want to give people the chance to take a stand against it; we want to give them the tools they need to do it," said Grey Mckenzie, co-founder.

The Android version of Stop2Text is available on the Google Play Store.

Ashe and Mckenzie hope to have an iphone version ready in a few months.

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