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State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano wants the state’s drivers to be aware of the dangers of distracted driving — and to swear to it.

The San Francisco Democrat’s legislation, Assembly Bill 840, would require that people who are applying for or renewing a driver’s license sign a statement to acknowledge “that he or she knows the dangers of distracted driving,” according to the bill.

The issue of distracted driving has been in the spotlight recently with an appeals court ruling that holding a cellphone for directions is against the law.

District Attorney George Gascón held a news conference Thursday in which he and other law enforcement officials highlighted the dangers in The City, which has a high rate of distracted drivers who strike pedestrians in crosswalks.

Ammiano’s legislation is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Transportation Committee  on Monday, according to his office.

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