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New way to stop texting and driving

New way to stop texting and driving

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on August 30, 2010 at 11:17 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 30 at 11:19 PM

The National Safety Council estimates 200,000 crashes each year are caused by drivers who are texting.

More companies are coming up with ways to keep that from happening. The latest will let your friends and family know you won’t be texting and driving.

State Farm Insurance just released a free app that allows users to compose and preload customized messaged that will be sent automatically while you’re driving. It’s called On the Move and right now it's only available on the Android, not the Blackberry, Windows mobile phones or iPhones.

The service works with all incoming texts or can be limited to senders in your address book. You activate the service before driving or if you’re headed into a meeting, a movie, dinner and people will get an automatic response from you.

SMS Replier is a similar service which should be available on more than just the Android soon. Although I found the actual website pretty difficult to navigate, which makes me wonder about the service.

If you just want to avoid all temptation you may want to check out the app I’ve written about before called Textecution. This is an app that costs $30 and is available on lots of different phones. It keeps you or your children from texting while driving. It will literally disable the texting function of the phone when they’re behind the wheel. And if your child removes the app, you'll get a notice telling you and if you notify the company they'll send a free download to reinstall.

 

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