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Scosche Industries’cellCONTROL Disables Text, Email and Phone Capabilities While Driving

“The temptation to use a cell phone behind the wheel is far too great especially among teens,” said Kas Alves, executive vice president, Scosche Industries. “cellCONTROL will give parents piece of mind that their kids are less distracted while driving.”

Teen drivers across the country are being told to keep their eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and pledge to “Drive it Right” as part of May’s National Youth Traffic Safety Awareness Month. One of the biggest threats to road safety is the epidemic of cell phone usage while driving, especially among teens. According to a recent article by USA Today, automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the USA, and the risk is highest for young males. Texting, talking and emailing distract young drivers, elevating the risk of an automobile accident. Youth Traffic Safety Awareness Month hopes to educate teens and empower them to drive safely. Scosche Industries, an innovator in the automotive aftermarket industry, can help teens “drive right” with its new Safe Driving System, cellCONTROL that disables the distracting functions of a smartphone while driving.

Scosche’s Safe Driving System automatically disables the most distracting functions of a smartphone including handheld phone calls, texting and emailing capabilities. As the vehicle begins to move, cellCONTROL automatically connects to the users phone via Bluetooth to disable distracting functions. The system is completely tamper proof and will automatically alert the system’s administrator with any removal, deactivation or other misuse.

“The temptation to use a cell phone behind the wheel is far too great especially among teens,” said Kas Alves, executive vice president, Scosche Industries. “cellCONTROL will give parents piece of mind that their kids are less distracted while driving.”

Joel Feldman lost his 21-year-old daughter Casey as a distracted driver hit her while she was crossing the street. As founder of the Casey Feldman Foundation, which sponsors the End Distracted Driving organization dedicated to inspiring individuals and communities to take action to end distracted driving, Feldman dedicates his time speaking about this issue. He stated, “Nearly all teens I talk to say their parents drive distracted, and at times with them in the car. As parents we need to set the example for our children – we can’t ask them to drive safely when we take chances. It should not take a personal tragedy for all of us to change the way we drive.”
Scosche’s Safe Driving System easily connects to a vehicle’s OBD2 port and communicates with the smartphone in the vehicle. All vehicles sold in the United States from 1996 all come standard with an OBD2 port. Setup is simple, first customers will register the product online then install the application on the user’s smartphone and plug the trigger into the car. Out of the box, Scosche’s Safe Driving System will enable phone calls with a hands-free device and completely disengages texting, emailing, web access and applications on a smartphone. Users can still play music from their phones.    

Upgradeable features include reporting capabilities, such as mileage, average speed and enable the administrator to have further control of what is disabled on the users’ phone. Additionally, users can enable a multi-license account for multiple phones. Users may even qualify for insurance discounts with the use of the Scosche cellCONTROL.

Some alarming statistics from the National Highway Transportation and Safety Authority (NHTSA) indicated the following:
-20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (NHTSA).
-Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashed, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). (NHTSA)
-The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.

“Accidents can happen in an instant,” continued Alves. “Teens need to understand that it’s not worth risking their lives for that text or call.”

Scosche’s cellCONTROL Safe Driving System retails for $129.95 and is available at and specialty retailers. Visit our website for additional information or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

About Scosche Industries
Scosche Industries is an award-winning innovator of car audio and portable electronics accessories. Scosche is founded on its commitment to quality, value and customer service. With 133 patents and countless industry awards it is easy to see that Scosche is consistently at the forefront of technology and innovation. Scosche Industries is the parent company of several distinct brands including: Scosche, REALM, EFX, BlueFusion and Accumat. Founded in 1980, Scosche is still 100% family owned and operated with over 120 great people alongside them. For more information visit our website at

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