York County teen launches app to prevent distracted driving

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A York County teen launched an app to prevent distracted driving, honoring his friends he lost in a car crash several years ago.

“It was a serious car wreck. Two of my friends were in it. They were pretty much killed instantly,” Michael Ryan Jr, the 17-year-old who designed the app, said.

In 2011 an accident along Route 94 in New Oxford took the lives of five teenagers on their way home from school. They are known as “the New “Oxford Angels.”

“My son lost friends because of a presumed distracted driver,” Michael Ryan Sr., Michael’s dad, said.

“I want to keep their memory going on, and help save other peoples’ lives,” Ryan Jr., said.

Which is why he designed the app, “Dave.” It blocks phone calls, text messages, and notifications while a person is driving. He spent more than $10,000 to officially launch it.

“We teach Driver’s Ed. This is something we’ll be sponsoring with the Driver’s Ed teachers and everybody here in our community. It’s powerful, what Michael is doing,” Kelly McKee, who is with Allstate Insurance, said.

Once a password is set, all the user has to do is turn it on. The app allows you to select three emergency contacts who you can receive calls from.

“As a parent, it’s our job to make sure that our teens are responsible behind the wheel. And if my son’s app saves one life he did everything right,” Michael’s dad said.

“The app is free but it’s only available for android users at this time. It will be available for iPhone users by this summer. To find it on the Google Play Store type “distracted driving” and scroll until you see the stop sign.


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