Albany, NY (WIBX) - A number of state lawmakers don't believe that New York drivers, espeically younger drivers, are getting the message - Texting while driving is dangerous.

So, at the urging of the American Automobile Association, members of the senate and assembly are proposing a bill that would up the penalty from $100 to $150, plus add two points to a driver's license.

"Right now it's a secondary offense, it's a fine and no points," said AAA Central Region General Manager Ed Welsh.

"At 60 mph you're basically moving the distance of a football field every couple of seconds, so imagine taking your eye off the road for just a couple of seconds," Welsh said. "What if someone an animal or a person jumps out in the road," or the vehicle in front of you brakes quickly?

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