Earlier this week on the Northway, electronic signs up and down the highway were placed with mention of the state's Text & Driving law along with information about the new penalties for violating said law.

If you are one of the many who can't stay off your phone while behind the wheel, there's a new app to help you with that called DriveID.

So how exactly does it work?

You install a windshield sensor that connects to your phone via an app. If the phone is on the driver side while the car is in motion, some operations on the phone become unavailable thanks in part to a predetermined list set by the user or parental guardian. Those that are available for use can include hands-free talk via Bluetooth, music, and navigation.

If the phone moves to the passenger side of the car, full phone operation is restored. Note: However, there is a "buffer zone" that the phone app can recognize if you, the driver, are trying to reach in to the "operational area" of the car.

Once you install the app and you're driving, any call or text received will send a message back to the sender saying the driver is currently driving and will contact you once they are stopped.

The system works on Android, Blackberry, iOS, and Windows based phones with a price tag of $89 (which is a one-time fee).

This could be a great option to help keep you from getting the new, larger fines and points associated with a conviction under the new law.