The smartphone has changed our lives for the better; there’s no doubt about that. But, along with the connectivity and entertainment has come a serious problem; texting and driving. So, a new app was invented to address this dangerous issue—and it’s free. The new AT&T DriveMode App is here.
Today, I was standing on the corner of 12th and Washington in South Beach. A young lady was texting; not paying attention and careening toward the light in an effort to get through, but she had to hit the brakes and squealed to a stop—right in front of a pedestrian cop. He pointed to her phone and made a very angry gesture. It was a close call that should never have happened.
It’s not just here in Miami though, it’s everywhere. So, here we are in the midst of going back to school and kids everywhere have new phones, new friends and now a new App.
This App is designed with AT&Ts commitment to Anti-Texting-While-Driving Education program.
And because the average teen sends and receives five times more text messages a day than a typical adult, the temptation to text while driving sometimes trumps logic and common sense.
How it works
The AT&T DriveMode mobile application, when downloaded and activated, automatically sends a customizable reply to incoming texts. This notifies the sender that the user is driving and unable to respond. The auto-response is similar to an out-of-office email alert.
The anti-texting while driving App is part of AT&Ts broader It Can Wait campaign, launched in March of 2010, that aims to stigmatize texting while driving.
Starting August 30th, the app is available for free through the AT&T App Center and BlackBerry App World™ stores, with more supporting operating systems planned in the coming months.
Parents and teens alike should download this potentially life-saving App during the back to school weeks because our Miami roadways are dangerous enough with impromptu weather conditions and traffic masters all over the place. This App will aid in preventing accidents due to unnecessary diversion while driving.
AT&T put out a video not too long ago, showing the dangers of texting and driving; I think it’s worth a look-see.
And the DriveMode App is completely customizable. Allow lists, a customized auto-response feature and 411/911 calls are always allowed. Check out the step by step video on how it works.
One last thing
In 2005 alone, there were close to 50,000 car crashes in the Miami-Dade area. Texting wasn’t as wide-spread then as it is now.
Do yourselves a favor; get the App. And drive safely guys and gals.