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TEXTING: claimed 6,000 lives last year

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Transportation Secretary called distracted driving "a menace to society" that claimed 6,000 lives last year.

Dialing a cell phone, texting, or reaching for an electronic device increases the risk of collision by about six times.

Previous efforts on a Georgia law fell short because of lack of support.

A New York senator introduced legislation in July that would require states to ban texting or e-mailing while operating a moving vehicle or lose 25 percent of their annual federal highway funding.

If successful that could put enough pressure on states to make texting while driving illegal.

"We need that law because a lot of innocent people are being killed because of people like myself who use to text and drive. It can save a life and you can save a life if you put your phone away and wait until you get to your destination," said Laquiela Daniel, Driver.

A lobbying group that represents major automakers says it supports a ban on texting and phone calls using handheld devices while driving.

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