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Cell phones and driving - a dangerous mix

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - If you have a phone and drive a car then you're probably guilty of talking on you mobile and driving at the same time, and some say it is a dangerous mix.

"When you learn to drive, they teach you not to mess with the radio," said Mitra Kansala, a mom. "Don't turn anything on. You're hands [are] at ten and two, and I think, for sure, we're way too wire."

Kansala says she's pretty cautious and rarely talks on the phone in the car. So, what's the problem? Everybody else. More than half of U.S. drivers admit to using a cell while driving. One out of seven admitted they text, too. According to AAA, some states and D.C. require hands free devices while driving. Some go further, banning DWT, or driving while texting. In some cities it is illegal to use a cell inside school zones.

Some say cell phones aren't the only problem. They say there's just too much stuff inside of cars these days, so can you really send a text message, or dial, change the radio station and set your GPS coordinates, all while staying focused on the road...safely.

"Many people multitask while driving," said Rand Huzenlaub a defensive driving teacher. "In the five miles it took me to get here, I counted 27 people in the rain, talking on cell phones."

He said nothing can be more hazardous. It tremendously impacts how long it takes you to respond to what is going on around you.

"We lose between six and seven thousand teenagers nationwide, each year to cell phone accidents,"

It is not just a teen issue.

"A great many adults are using the same bad practices," said Huzenlaub.

Huzenlaub said that puts us all at risk, which is why Mitra welcomes any new law.

"I got a baby back there," said Kansala. "I think that's great. It'll be a lot safer."

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