In 2010 an Iowa law took effect that banned texting while driving. Despite the law, teen drivers continue to text and drive.
Distracted driving, including texting while driving, was a factor in 679 traffic crashes with 16 fatalities in 2011.
The Iowa Department of Transportation has been urging teen drivers not to text or talk on the phone while driving, but they think something more is needed, so the DOT is working on an app that will disable the phone when a teenager is driving.
Andrea Henry with the Iowa DOT says the app will have another function, "We will have a parent portal, where they will be able to log-in with a secure ID and moniter their teen's behavior, so if they did speed or run through a stop sign, the parent will be able to see that."
Henry says the DOT hopes to have the text blocking app available by next year.