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September 15, 2007

Tifton -- Teens texting behind the wheel will no longer be legal in one state. Will Georgia follow suit?

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill Thursday prohibiting anyone under 18 from using cell phone, laptops, P. D.A.'s, pagers or two-way messaging devices while driving.

Governor Sonny Perdue says it probably won't be long before Georgia looks at a similar law.

"Many people have talked about even talking on cell phones. But when you are distracted having to type and text, that is certainly behavior that is not conducive to good driving," said Governor Perdue.

The law in California won't take effect until July first. Similar laws are already in effect in 15 other states as well as Washington D.C. Highway accidents are the cause of 44 percent of teen deaths in the U.S. each year.

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