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New app disables texting while driving

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, you're 23x more likely to crash if your texting while driving.

Quincy Father Scott Melvin worries about the dangers of texting and driving, especially with two teen drivers in the house.

"Habits are hard to break and if we can start out all the 16 year olds with good habits they will probably instill it upon themselves," said Melvin.

Now, there's a new tool that could help parents like Melvin. AT&T is launching a new app to discourage distracting behaviors and promote good driving habits.

"When you text and drive it takes your attention away for at least 5 seconds. In 5 seconds you can travel the length of a football field in normal traffic and a lot can happen in the length of a football field. So, we had to do something," said Dennis Pauley, AT&T Spokesmen.  

Pauley says the new app stops incoming text messages, calls, and emails from coming to your phone while driving and gives the sender an automatic response telling them you're behind the wheel.

"If you have a call coming in it won't ring you phone. You won't hear the beep from the emails, you won't hear the beep from the text messages," said Pauley. If somebody hears that they automatically want to grab their phone because they want to see what it is."

Pauley hopes this new app changes risky driving behavior and saves lives.

"There's no message you can possibly send that's worth losing your life or having an accident over," said Pauley.

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