More on Cell Phone Driving Bans

CarLocate Team, February 11, 2010, 06:21PM

Recently, CarLocate.com told you about a new group called FocusDriven that is encouraging nationwide legislation that bans people from using cell phones to talk to text while driving. They cite some compelling numbers – including 2,600 deaths – as reasons for enacting such a ban. (If you missed that blog post, read it here: New Group Wants States to Say TTYL to Distracted Driving.)

A few days after we wrote about FocusDriven’s efforts, however, CNNMoney.com reported on study from the Highway Loss Data Institute that showed that state laws that ban drivers from talking on hand-held cell phones seem to have no effect on crash rates.

Researchers noted that even after bans were enacted, the monthly crash rates did not change significantly from month to month. Moreover, when crash rates in a jurisdiction with a ban were compared to a nearby place without a ban, the rates also didn’t change.

In addition, this current study contradicts earlier findings by the Institute.  Click here to read full details on this study.

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