* DOT holds 'distracted drivers' conference next week * Researchers warn of 'crash epidemic' from texting * Some states already banned texting while driving (Recasts, adds input from wireless industry, details of Virginia cell phone study) By John Crawley WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Automakers backed calls to ban drivers on U.S. roads from text messaging with cell phones and other hand-held devices, an issue gaining attention from the Obama administration and Congress. "It's ...
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