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July 30th, 2009
12:18 PM ET

Distracted driving: Senate to ban texting at the wheel

Laws against texting and driving could become as common as seat belt laws. A new bill in the Senate would require states to ban the habit, or risk losing federal highway money. Drivers are 23 times more likely to crash when they're texting. For the past ten years researchers at the University of Utah have been studying the affects of driving while using cell phones. Bottom line is whether texting, or talking hands free, you are increasing your chances of crashing. CNN’s Jason Carroll shows you this phenomenon.

Filed under: Controversy • Crime
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  1. Bernice

    I just got home. I was within an inch, with my children in the car, of getting into an accident because someone pulled into my lane....where he did not belong in the first place! I passed him up, just to see a police officer too busy on his phone to pay attention to his driving while talking! It frightened my kids!! How can you even stop this at all, if even the police make calls, while in uniform, but off duty. He was in a SUV. PAY ATTENTION! PUT DOWN THE PHONE SIR!!!!!

    July 31, 2009 at 2:10 pm |