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6:38 PM, Dec 26, 2011   |    comments
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DENVER - Federal regulators have recommended that all cellphone use be banned for people who are driving, but many experts agree that would be hard to enforce. There is now a new idea that may offer an alternative.

It is a device that drops a call or puts up a blocking screen on the phone while the car is moving. The system is called Cell Control.

It plugs into your car's diagnostic plug and works with software installed on selected phones.

Its maker hopes to sell to companies with big fleets of cars, and of course, to parents.

"People do get in their cars. They do use their phones. They do text. They email. They surf. They 'Words with Friends,' and 'Angry Birds' and the whole bit, all while driving and that's dangerous," Cell Control Vice President Chuck Cox said.

The Cell Control system costs $25 for the device and $8 per month for up to six phones.

At this point, it doesn't work on the iPhone, but the company hopes to change that early next year.

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