Ark. Police Collect Data on Text Messaging

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police have begun collecting data on traffic accidents related to text messaging to determine how much of a problem the practice is.

Police traffic accident reports now have a new information box for troopers to fill out while investigating a crash. When filled, it denotes the use of an electronic device while driving.

Hillary Davidson of Jonesboro, whose father died in a traffic accident, says she wants state lawmakers to pass a law that specifically prohibits text messaging while a driver is behind the wheel.

She plans to meet with state legislators to ask them to sponsor a bill. Davidson's father, Paul Davidson, died July 14th after his vehicle was hit by another vehicle, driven by a man who told police he was sending a text message.

In September, 25 people were killed when a California Metrolink train crashed just moments after its engineer sent a text message.

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