An app for drivers that would prohibit texting while driving

A Montreal man is appealing to the Sociéte automobile assurance du Québec that more needs to be done for repeat offenders who text while driving.

Marc-Andre Maisonneuve is developing a mobile application that would disable text messaging while driving. The idea came to him after his wife was hit by a car in 2011 driven by an individual who was texting behind the wheel. 

Once a vehicle exceeds 30 kilometres per hour, text messaging and notifications would be disabled. Anyone sending the driver a text would receive an automatic reply indicating the person is driving.

Maisonneuve says penalties need to be brought in line with those found guilty of drinking and driving. He patented his app last year, and hopes the SAAQ will make it manditory for all drivers to have on their devices.