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North Texas commuter Steve Love calls texting and driving "an epidemic in this country" that needs to be addressed.

It seems a lot of people are doing it, even though they admit it s a bad idea to be typing on the phone while navigating the road.

We need to put them down and focus on everything else that s out there said motorist Arturo Madrid.

Some lawmakers in Austin agree.

On Tuesday, they renewed the discussion of passing a bill to outlaw the driving distraction.

AAA Texas is asking its members across the state to contact their state legislators in support of a ban on texting while driving.

The organization says there is a simple game that highlights how much attention one activity can take away your attention from another.

Basically, you shuffle a deck of playing cards, set a timer, then separate the cards into the four different suits and put them in order.

Then, reset the timer and perform the same task while simultaneously answering simple math questions being asked by someone else.

The task gets remarkably harder, and takes a lot longer.

The point, says AAA Texas spokesman Doug Shupe, is this: You may be able to do two things at once but can you do them well? Can you do them safely?

AAA does the exercise with teen drivers. While it can be amusing to see the slower reaction times when dealing with cards, they want to impress upon the young motorists that it s no laughing matter with cars.

Taking your eyes off the wheel for just two seconds doubles your chances of being in a crash," Shupe said.

But even tragedies haven t stopped distracted driving. Clearly, even if texting while driving is banned, it ll still take enforcement to truly get the message across.

E-mail jwheeler@wfaa.com

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