Increase in deaths because of texting behind the wheel

A recent United States government research shows deaths from texting-related car crashes have risen 28% in the past three years. That adds up to over 5,000 deaths each year.

"That's equivalent to a major airliner crashing every week in the United States," said one of the researchers on the study when comparing the yearly statistics.

In South Carolina, only two cities, Clemson and Camden, have texting bans.

State Representative Wendell Gilliard said he supported an anti-texting bill that was brought up in the state's last legislative session. That bill passed in the House, but was killed in the Senate.

"We've got to take a stance on this. This is about saving people's lives," Gilliard said about getting a texting ban passed at the state level.