Mobile apps curb texting while driving

6:01 PM, Sep 26, 2011   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Come Wednesday, it will be illegal to text message while driving in Maine. But there are ways to make your phone the solution, rather than the problem.

One Android application, called Text No More, rewards you with coupons when you drive without sending a text message.

Another app, called Driving Text Answering Machine, sets up an automated response when it detects you moving in a car -- so you don't have the ability to text behind the wheel.

If police catch you sending a message, it's a minimum $100 fine.

"If you've done it, you know what it's like to try and drive and maintain control of that car even on a short text. It is very difficult," said Sgt. Paul Edwards of the Bangor Police Department.

Drivers on the road have noticed the dangers of distracted driving.

"I see other people doing it as they're going through intersections and whatnot, and they're not paying attention. And so I don't need to be in an accident. I'm all set with that," said Patrick Sullivan.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 20 percent of car accidents in 2009 involved distracted driving.

That year, 18 percent of accident fatalities involved a cell phone.

"People have been involved in numerous accidents," said Edwards. "It's documented they've been in numerous accidents. And people have been hurt and killed in accidents due to texting so please don't."

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