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Finding it difficult to not text while driving?

Texting while driving is now illegal in Oklahoma, thanks to a law that went into effect on Nov. 1. According to reports, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has already issued close to 100 citations to drivers accused of violating the law, and that number will likely continue to rise.

Even though most people know texting while driving is dangerous and now illegal, some can't find the willpower to put their smartphones away while behind the wheel. If you are one of these individuals, you may want to consider an app to help you out.

An article from Tulsa World reported that there are currently many apps available that block calls and texts during certain times or can detect when a vehicle is on the move. Some even offer rewards for not texting while driving, while others send automatic replies on behalf of the driver.

Four of the most popular apps, which are available through all major app stores, include:

  • AT&T DriveMode
  • LifeSaver
  • ParentBlock
  • SafeDrive

These apps are ideal for the person who can't resist the urge to respond to a text or call while driving, and a spokesman for AAA Oklahoma said he is all for the idea. The AAA spokesman said just taking your eyes off of the road for a couple of seconds doubles your risk of getting into a wreck.

On the other hand, the spokesman cautioned drivers who think that voice-to-text features on smartphones are safe. He explained that this technology is far from perfect, causing many drivers to still proofread and make corrections before sending, which is just as dangerous.

The anti-texting apps are also a great idea for teenagers who might not fully appreciate the risks of texting while driving.

As a personal injury law firm that represents victims of accidents caused by distracted drivers, we cannot stress enough the importance of following Oklahoma's new law. Believe us when we say there is no text or phone call worth risking your life or the lives of others.

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