App helps drivers study for test

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Mississippi teenagers have a new, interactive way to study for their state driver’s license test.
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety released an iPhone app Friday that will present to the user 25 randomly generated test questions much like the actual driver’s license test.
The simple app doesn’t require users to sign up or input any personal information. It is only an offline study tool.
“The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is committed to bringing innovative services to the citizens of Mississippi,” said Major Chris Gillard, director of MHP Driver Services.
“The mobile practice test was designed to provide our citizens with the necessary foundation to safely meet their responsibilities as a new driver. Additionally, existing driver license holders can use it as a refresher on the rules of the road.”
The free app was developed by Mississippi Interactive LLC, the state’s official eGovernment solutions provider.
Warren Strain, Public Safety director of public affairs, said this app is a first step for the department.
“Interactive is working to develop the app on other platforms to include Android and Windows,” he said. “We’re looking at other potential useful technologies that are becoming available to us now.”
Strain talked about the possibility of a mobile alert system for road closings and other public safety issues.
To find and download the app, search “MS Driver’s Practice Test,” in the Apple App Store. It is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices.
jb.clark@journalinc.com