LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Three East Texas brothers have come up with a device that will help curb cell phone and texting-while-driving related problems, and hopefully save lives.
The Campbell brothers of Longview had always wanted to be in business together, and a small safety device made it happen, addressing the recurring problem of distracted driving - particularly texting.
"I have three daughters so when they threw the idea at me I said, 'Oh my gosh! This is it,'" said Rocky Campbell.
"Why don't we develop a program or product that would stop texting while driving? It's a huge problem in the United States," said Rodney Campbell.
Called the 'Key to Safe Driving,' it is a simple plug-in device; it disables cell phones from texting and calls while a vehicle is in use.
"When the car is on, texting is off," Rodney said. "That's important to us because we get to grow the business together and know that we're doing the right thing."
At around $100, the Campbells say it does a have a failsafe; the device allows 911 emergency calls.
"We're making a difference," said Robbie Campbell. "We're saving lives. It's an item that everybody needs."
Rocky, the general manager at Heritage Mitsubishi, says the business is about more than just making money. It is about stopping the trend of accidents caused by texting.
"It's going to save lives," said Rocky. "We've all talked about it. It's not just about making a profit. We would love to have it on every bus, every 18-wheeler, every parent to have it for their kids."
The Campbell brothers will exclusively sell the device in a five state area through their company, Safe Driving Technologies, and you can learn more by logging onto www.safedrivingtechnologies.com.