Navigating the busy morning school drop off or afternoon pickup can be chaotic, and drivers need to be able to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

As part of its Get Smarter™ hands-free awareness campaign, Motorola is helping drivers get smarter behind the wheel educating consumers on ways to stay responsible and legal while communicating on the road.

“Education is critical to decrease distracted driving” said Wayne White, corporate vice president, Companion Products, Motorola Mobile Devices. “We want to provide consumers with important tools for staying focused on driving and avoiding the urge to look at text messages.”

One tool they offer is the H17txt with MotoSpeak™, a Bluetooth headset designed to keep you connected and responsible – on and off the road. The new headset was created to optimize the text-to-speech technology and experience, which, when paired with the MotoSpeak(tm) application, reads text messages into the headset, in real time. Plus, you have the added ability to customize an automated text response to senders letting them know you are driving and will respond later.

“H17txt with MotoSpeak enables consumers to be smart about the way they communicate,” said White. “We want to help drivers be more productive and stay connected in a more responsible way on the road.”

In addition to quickly and clearly converting text-to-speech, additional features include:

Easy on: Text messages will automatically be played every time your headset is activated.

Incoming text message sender ID: Always be in the know about who in your phonebook is trying to text you without having to take your hands off the wheel with sender ID announcements.

Auto-response message: Determine if you want to send an automated text message to callers informing them that you are driving and will call back when available or pick a more personalized message to send.

Translates 150 text acronyms: Acronyms such as lol, btw and l8r are translated when the text message is read aloud, so you will never miss the meaning of a message.