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Cuomo Wants Tougher Teen Texting and Driving Penalties

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Rochester: Cuomo Wants Tougher Teen Texting and Driving Penalties
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For just about any teen, getting your license is a pretty big deal.

"It was very important, I was so happy," said Natalie McCullough, Rochester.

So having it taken away for a year if you're caught making a bad decision is sparking mixed reaction from young drivers.

"I would think that it's a good idea because it's very irresponsible to text and drive," said Jackie Macks, Chili.

"I mean, the six months may be better because a year would be, like, crazy. People obviously will still do it," said Jennifer Manley, Churchville.

During Cuomo's State of the State Address, he said it's necessary for teen drivers to lose their license for a year for texting and driving.

"For teen drivers, texting while driving creates more fatal accidents than drinking while driving," said Cuomo, during the State of the State Address.

District Attorney Sandra Doorley agrees with tougher penalties..

"Actually, I am behind it 100 percent," said Doorley.

She says studies show distracting driving is to blame for about 8,000 deaths a year nationwide.

"They are very few things that are worst than texting. You're taking both your mind and your eyes off the road. Studies show it's extremely dangerous," said Larry Scott, Morgan School of Driving.

Dangerous enough for some to think twice before texting, no matter how tempting it can be.

"It's hard not too, but I guess as teenagers we have to have consequences in order to learn," said McCullough.

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