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Texting-while-driving crackdown coming July 4 weekend

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“That is a recipe for danger,” says Bob Petrancosta, the VP of Safety for Con-way Freight, a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. “The message needs to be communicated across society … and if [it] were really understood, maybe we would have a chance to stem the problem.” [Editor's note: The original version has been edited to clarify Mr. Petrancosta's affiliation.]

But cellphone use – particularly texting – has become attitudinal and built-in, studies show.

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project reports that text messaging has become the preferred method of communication for American teenagers, with one in three teens sending more than 100 texts a day. The same study found that 26 percent of US teens admit to texting while driving. And the National Safety Council announced in January of this year that nearly 30 percent of all auto accidents were primarily caused by using a cellphone while driving.

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