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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (FOX13) -

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in five auto accidents in the United States is caused by a distracted driver, and increasingly that distraction is caused by texting while driving.

The State of Mississippi does not have a law against texting while driving but that may soon change. There is a new bill that has passed the Mississippi Senate that would make texting while driving illegal.

Senate Bill 2434 would make texting and driving illegal in Mississippi, but the fine could be as low as $5 and only as high as $50.

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Southaven Police Traffic Division Lt. Greg Smorowski said the bill has little or no teeth with small fines.

"I think it should be higher," Lt. Smorowski said. "It is becoming more and more of an issue these days, people using cellphones or social media. I think the fine should be higher myself."

Just how many accidents texting and driving causes in the city of Southaven is hard for the city's police department to know.

"Yes, there is a spot on our uniform crash report that inquires as to whether or not  people are using a telephone while they were driving or while they were involved in the crash," Lt. Smorowski said. "I would say only a small percentage admit to it."

Senate Bill 2434 is a start, even though the proposed fines would be low, Lt. Smorowski. A law against texting and driving is much needed in Mississippi.

"I mean, if you just take your mind off of what you are doing driving down the road, all it takes is a split second for a kid to run out for a bicycle to pop out in front of you, or for a car to pull out," Lt. Smorowski said. "All it takes is a split second."

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