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Published September 20, 2011, 06:58 PM

New smartphone app combats distracted driving

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A beep or ring from a cell phone can take your eyes off the road for a second, potentially causing an accident.

A beep or ring from a cell phone can take your eyes off the road for a second, potentially causing an accident. Sprint is unveiling a new app to help solve that problem by preventing it from even happening.

Sprint says with this new app they'll help drivers stay safe by putting the brakes on distracted driving. As soon as your car is going more than 10 miles per hour, the Drive First app shuts off your phone's alerts and locks the device, sending phone calls to voicemail. Text messages come in silent, and the network sends out an automatic response saying you're on the road.

Ryan McGarry – Sales Consultant: "I think it'll reduce a lot of what we have concerns and stuff with driving and texting."

One Sprint customer says it's a helpful tool to keep her friends focused.

Tabetha Liljequist – Sprint Customer: "I personally ignore it when its going on but for people that have no impulse control, it's a good thing."

There are options to make sure drivers aren't missing important calls like choosing numbers that never get blocked, and an over-ride is easy to access emergency buttons.

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