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As of January 1st, New Hampshire, Oregon and Illinois have now joined 16 other states that have passed laws against texting and driving. This doesn’t include the six states that prohibit using hand-held cell phones while behind the wheel. Minnesota is one of the states that have passed a ban.

This legislation has been a important issue to the American Medical Association (AMA), who at a conference back in 2008 voted to advocate for all state legislatures to prohibit texting while driving. This is also legislation that Congress have been looking at for the whole country.

What was scary in a recent Minneapolis Star Tribune article about new laws that the following quote:

Tina Derby, 42, of Warner, N.H., said she has no intention to stop texting while driving, despite the possible $100 fine she could receive.

"I’d better start saving my money," Derby said.

I hope that more people are reading :

Texting – More Deadly than Drunk Driving?, Joe Crumley, September 22, 2009 7:01 AM

Study Shows Texting While Driving Highly Dangerous, Rick Shapiro, July 29, 2009 8:00 PM

Texting By Drivers Proven to Be Extreme Hazard, Mark Williams, July 28, 2009 5:41 PM

Ignoring the Dangers of Texting While Driving May Lead to Serious Consequences, Will Parker July 30, 2009 4:53 PM

Texting and Driving – More Deadly than Drinking and Driving?, Jeremy Thurman, September 20, 2008 3:18 PM

And the must see:

If Teen Driving and Texting is Fun Why Is She Crying?

Steve Lombardi, September 01, 2009 1:07 PM

Stay alive and don’t listening to Ms Derby. Actually, I hope Ms Derby comes around also.

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