Senator Teams Up with Mom to Ban Texting

April 14, 2011 Updated Apr 14, 2011 at 8:53 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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April 14, 2011 Updated Apr 14, 2011 at 8:53 PM EDT

West Seneca, NY

Senator Tim Kennedy along with a mother who lost her son in a texting while driving crash campaigned to stop people from texting behind the wheel.
Thursday, the team campaigned outside of West Seneca West High School trying to get support for their new group, "Families Against Texting While Driving."

The group has introduced new legislation in Albany that would make it a primary offense to use any handheld portable electronic device while driving. Currently, you can only be charged for texting and driving after first being charged with a separate violation.

The senate version of the bill is on its third reading and the assembly version has been referred to the Transportation Committee. Kennedy and Kelly cline also helped establish legislation here in erie county -- that prohibits texting while driving as a *primary* offense.
this new law... would be statewide.