Some Arizona DUI attorneys argue that texting while driving is actually more dangerous than driving drunk. According to ABC News, texting behind the wheel has become a global issue affecting everyone.
So what can we do to stop those texters on the road? There's currently no state law in Arizona that mandates a "no texting" rule, and many people argue that the passage of such a law would be ineffective in terms of eliminating text messaging while driving. However, certain groups and companies have taken initiatives to stop texting while driving on their own.
A new Application for Blackberry Smartphones, called Auto TextBak, allows its users to set up an away message that will automatically reply to incoming text messages. The application was designed to help motorists focus on their driving instead of their cell phones. However, Auto TextBak can also be used in other situations where the phone user is busy and cannot be interrupted.
The application works similarly to an out-of-office email response, which does not send out multiple away messages to the same user. Co-creator of Auto TextBak, David Goldman, said that he thought of the idea when his roommate became frustrated because he was constantly being woken up by text messages when he was napping.
"It got me thinking about how to solve that small issue and I soon realized that it could actually be a lifesaving tool," Mr. Goldman told ABC News.
The application is available for purchase through AutoTextBak.com or Blackberry App World. There's a one-time fee of $2.99 upon downloading Auto TextBak.
- Texting While Driving Laws on The Rise (FindLaw's Law and Daily Life Blog)
- Study: Distracted Driving Laws Have Not Reduced Crashes (FindLaw's Injured Blog)
- Arizona DUI Attorney Directory (FindLaw)