Study: distracted driving laws don't stop crashes

Jan 29, 2010

(AP) -- A new study from the insurance industry finds that state laws banning wireless calling or texting while driving have not resulted in fewer vehicle crashes.

The study, conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute and released Friday, examined insurance claims from crashes before and after such bans took effect in California, New York, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.

The organization finds that claims rates have not gone down after the laws were enacted. It also finds no change in patterns compared with other states without such bans.

The Highway Loss Data Institute, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Safety, says its findings "don't match what we already know about the risk of phoning and texting while " and says it is gathering data to "figure out this mismatch."

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not rated yet Jan 29, 2010
Maybe because these laws are rarely enforced? How often do people get ticketed for this? Its illegal in this state but I see people doing it all the time. Has a rise in accidents per capita matched the increase in the use of cell phones?
1 / 5 (1) Feb 01, 2010
Um I've been ticketed for it...$250, and I was hanging up the phone...had it hung up MAYBE 20 feet into a school zone.
Its retarded that in a free country, they think they have the right to tell us we cant talk/text on our phone to begin with.
not rated yet Feb 06, 2010
They have the same right as they do to tell you not to read a book when you're driving. If it increases the danger to others, you don't really have a right to do it.
1 / 5 (1) Feb 08, 2010
yea but the thing is, companies have come up with ways to vastly lessen the dangers...bluetooth headsets for example...voice to text technology...etc. Never one time on my phone when driving do I actually need to touch my phone....and as a result, never once do my eyes come off the road.
There was a recent study (which I believe also has an article on this site) about how the statistics show that states with laws forbidding cell phone usage do not show any decrease in accidents occurring.
So...its a logical thought, but the only true way to fix the problem is to stop just handing out drivers licenses....