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Study: Texting and driving the leading cause of death among teens

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's pretty startling to hear, but according to a new study, the leading cause of death among teens is now texting and driving.

And the danger now has some major cell phone companies doing something about it.

A new study by "Pediatrics" indicates texting and driving is now more dangerous than drinking in driving when it comes to teenagers.

The study also shows that 44 percent of teens admit to texting behind the wheel.

And then there's this: The country's four biggest cell phone companies are now getting ready to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving.

It's going to be called, "It can wait."

It's being pushed by AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-mobile. More than 200 other organizations are also backing the multi-million dollar campaign.

The website is already up encouraging teens to sign a pledge, and get ready for some new TV and radio ads set to start airing this summer.

We are also still awaiting the Governor's decision on whether or not to ban texting and driving. Gov. Rick Scott has until the end of the week to veto the bill or sign it into law.

If he does nothing - it will automatically become law.             

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