April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to alert everyone of the dangers of driving while texting.  The efforts are part of a campaign created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to curb distracted driving behaviors nationwide.

National advertising will be seen throughout the country by the NHTSA that will also promote their, “U Drive. U Text. U Pay,” awareness program.

As we all know, younger drivers are some of the biggest offenders of texting while driving.  Most teens claim that a phone app to prevent texting and driving would help them and their friends stop doing it.

AT&T has launched the AT&T DriveMode mobile app that can automatically send a customizable reply to incoming messages when the vehicle starts moving 25 miles per hour.  The auto-reply message is similar to an “out-of-office alert.” It can reply to texts, emails and calls explaining the intended recipient is driving and can’t respond.

When the vehicle slows to less than 25 miles per hour for five minutes, the app turns off and the user can view the calls.  DriveMode is free and available to AT&T, Android and Blackberry users now.