Use #X and don’t text behind the wheel

Local - 8/21/2014 5:07 PM by Stuart Hammer

BECKLEY – All the kids in Southern West Virginia are back in school and that means more people on the roads. With more people means more danger.

Texting and driving is responsible for 200,000 accidents every year, but it's not just the teen drivers going to and from school to be worried about. There are plenty of parents pulling up next to the school bus guilty of texting behind the wheel.

Officials say you can drive the length of a football field in the time it takes to read a text, so take a timeout on the tricky West Virginia roads and it might save a life.

“We have several apps that will reply, ‘I’m driving, I cannot text right now,’” says AT&T manager, Lawrence Christian, “Also something we've started doing recently is just the letter X, with a hashtag, to let someone know. It's called #X, just a way of letting people know you're going to be outside the office or you're out in a vehicle.”

To find the apps that will auto-reply while driving search the Google Play or the iPhone App Store for “Don’t text.”


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