NEW YORK (AP) -- Sen. Charles Schumer says nearly 100 teenagers have died in texting-while-driving accidents in the last five years in New York City and on Long Island.
The New York Democrat released the tally Sunday, using federal
Department of Transportation statistics on accidents in which the
driver was found to be texting behind the wheel. Nearly half the
deaths were on Long Island.
Schumer has proposed to require all states to ban texting while
driving. In New York, a ban takes effect Nov. 1.
The Obama administration said last week it would seek to ban
text messaging by interstate bus drivers and truckers and would
push states to pass their own laws against driving cars while