Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's lawmakers have tried and failed to ban texting and talking on cell phones, but that effort may get a new boost from Washington.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller wants grant money for states that ban texting while driving and that limit cell phone use to devices with handsfree capability.
The West Virginia democrat introduced legislation to curb distracted driving on Thursday.
Rockefeller says that at any given moment, 11 percent of drivers are holding an electronic device.
He cites federal statistics showing that distracted driving kills and injures thousands of people every year.
Earlier this year, the state House of Delegates voted to restrict cell phone use while driving, but the bill died in the Senate.
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