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Authorities tackling 'epidemic' of texting while driving

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Like a siren's song, the alluring hum of a cellphone can often be too much for a driver to resist.

Although 95 percent of people realize the danger of text messaging from behind the wheel, 35 percent admitted to sending or reading a message while on the road in the last month, according to a 2011 AAA survey.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is holding a distracted driving campaign this week aimed at increasing education on the issue.

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