Mother Who Lost Son In Texting and Driving Accident Discusses New Penalties

January 9, 2014 Updated Jan 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM EDT

By HILARY LANE

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January 9, 2014 Updated Jan 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM EDT

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW) - For 6 years, Kelly Cline and her family have been reeling with the devastating loss of their 20-year-old son A.J. He died as a result of a texting while driving accident in 2007.

After the accident, Cline worked tirelessly, advocating for the passage of laws deterring teens from texting while behind the wheel.

Cline says she applauds Governor Cuomo for the harsher penalties he outlined in his State-of-the State Address on Wednesday.

Cuomo is proposing a one year license suspension for those 21 and under caught texting while driving. The current penalty is up to a 6 month suspension.

This is currently a proposal. It needs final approval from the state legislature.

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