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Miami computer salesman Cully Waggoner, 50, agreed that texting is a danger to drivers but said enforcing bans is difficult. What may be more effective is harnessing technology to make technology safer, he said.

Perhaps phone manufacturers can be required to equip phones with a technology that disables texting and data packages if the phone is moving over a certain speed, Waggoner said.

“That would be the only way to get around to fixing anything: Go right to the technology that’s being used,” Waggoner said. Otherwise, “there’s all kinds of laws on the books that people break every day, this would just be another one.”

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Shaya Tayefe Mohajer can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/APShaya. Associated Press writer Joan Lowy in Washington contributed to this report and can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy.