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The American Automobile Association (AAA) has announced that it is their mission to advocate for all state legislatures to prohibit texting while driving by 2013. Calling the action a pubic health risk, the organization was clear in it’s message.

“We are asking everyone to rethink their driving behavior and take the first step toward becoming distraction-free by trying it for a week and then doing it for life,” said Peter Kissinger, AAA president and CEO, in a statement.

Presently, 19 states (including Minnesota) ban text messaging (sending or reading) while driving. The District of Columbia also has a prohibition on their books. It is the AAA’s hope that all states will be looking at this as an action. The AAA also wants it’s members to educate patients on the public health risks associated with driving while distracted with text messages and cell phones.

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