Texting While Driving: Are You an Offender?

For the growing number of tech companies developing safety measures for texting while driving, the reasons are often personal.

Matt Howard, a co-founder of Reston, Va.-based Zoomsafer, began work on the service after nearly hitting a neighbor’s son while texting in his car. Looking for an application for his BlackBerry that could prevent that from happening, he was surprised to see nothing available. Zoomsafer’s BlackBerry app is now scheduled to become available in a few weeks, followed by versions for Windows Mobile and Google (GOOG) Android.

Timothy Smith, chairman of Aegis Mobility, heard about the company from someone who lost his son to a driver talking on his cellphone.

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