Grandfather Develops App to Eliminate Texting and Driving

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A father and grandfather, Joe Riano was alarmed by the reports of texting and driving accidents and how often people ignore laws prohibiting it.  After driving with his grandson and seeing other drivers putting him and his little one at risk, Riano decided to do something.  So he developed a smart phone app that prevents texting while driving.

Available now in the Android market and coming soon to the Apple App Store, FreeSafeText is a simple app that basically puts your phone into airplane mode.  Incoming texts receive an automated response that says you’re driving and will get back to them as soon as you can.  While you’re driving and the app is active, you won’t even know you’re receiving incoming messages until you park and tell the app you’re no longer driving.

This is a simple, straight-forward idea that utilizes something that is already built into the phone.  Better than that?  You earn points for using this free app and can get prizes for being a top point earner.

That works like this: every time you tell a friend and they install the app, you get points.  Every time you activate the app and someone receives a “I’m driving and not available” message, you earn a point.  Earn enough points, and you can get free rewards.  Currently, you can earn up to $25 per week through the end of the December.

If you’re an Android user, you can download the app now at FreeSafeText.  If you’re an iOS user, you can get on a list to be alerted as soon as it goes live in the App Store.

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