Pennsylvania teen inspired by friends’ deaths to create app to fight distracted driving

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HANOVER, Pa. — We’re all guilty of texting and driving distracted.

“After the football game there is at least one person that always gets into a wreck right after the football game,” New Oxford High School student Michael Ryan Jr. said. “They’re on their phone every time.”

Ryan said he lost two friends when five high school students were killed in a crash in 2011. So, he decided to create an app to help end distracted driving, according to WPMT.

The distracted driving app, abbreviated DAVE, is now available in the Google Play store for Android devices.

This is how it works: when you open the app it will ask for a password, then you will be given the option to disable calls, message, and notifications from apps of your choosing. The app allows you to make and receive calls from three emergency contacts in addition to 911.

The app took about 6 months for Ryan to create. He reached a point where he needed help and a company in India helped him finish the $10,000 application.

The app is expected to have an update coming in July. It will work with the Bluetooth in a vehicle to automatically lock incoming messages, calls, and notifications, once the car goes over a certain speed.