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2012-07-24 16.00.58Ah, what we’ve all been waiting for!

Now we don’t have to leave mean notes for car owners that don’t know how to park in a socially conscious manner.

If you’ve ever seen that episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, you know what we’re talking about.

CurbTXT has a service (right now only in San Francisco) that lets you text other drivers by identifying them through their license plate numbers.

A cool idea which we can’t really see working, unless the DMV mandated it and instituted penalties of some sort of any stupid texts which of course will be inevitable.

Better continue to carry that notepad and pen around.

Read more coverage on the bad parking police tool from CNET here.

2012-07-24 16.01.04

Think those reminders to teens about not texting and driving are working?

Well, probably not.

Asia’s largest automaker (Toyota) and the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute found in a new study that teens are 26 times more likely to send texts while driving than their parents expect.

A whopping 69 percent of teens regularly drive with their peers and no adults. About 54 percent said they use a handheld mobile phone while driving.

All this tends to point to more unsafe behavior behind the wheel.

On the flip side of this story though is the anecdote about a teen who drove his Mustang off a cliff and survived, thanks to his iPhone. He wasn’t talking or texting but after the accident occurred, his father was able to locate him by tracking down his phone through AT&T.

The car was totaled and he had to have brain surgery but apparently he will be all right.

Check out the Automotive News story on the teen texting report on here and see the Mustang and the surviving teen story from Jalopnik here.