We've all heard that texting while driving is dangerous, but many people—especially teens—do it anyway. Now a company is selling a device that'll forcibly keep drivers' in line. The TextBuster, from Access2Communications, costs $179 and is intended to be installed right underneath a car's dash. As soon as the car is turned on and starts moving, the TextBuster shuts down not just a smartphone's texting capabilities, but its data-streaming and e-mail services, as well. The device won't interfere with a phone's GPS interface, meaning the maps function will still work, and drivers can still talk on the phone. Given that about 160,000 accidents a year can be attributed in part to texting, its makers believe the TextBuster makes the road safer. (Time
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