Will there now be a movement in the legislature to repeal the dangerous ban on texting?:
Laws against using mobile devices to send and receive text messages while driving don’t reduce crashes, according to a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute.
In fact, not only do bans fail to decrease crashes, they may slightly increase crash risk, the Institute said.
“Texting bans haven’t reduced crashes at all. In a perverse twist, crashes increased in 3 of the 4 states we studied after bans were enacted,” said Adrian Lund, president of both HLDI and the related Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Both groups are funded by the insurance industry.
Researchers compared insurance claims data in the months before and after texting bans were enacted in California, Louisiana, Minnesota and Washington state. They also compared that information to data from neighboring states in which no such bans were ever enacted.