Bans on Texting While Driving Actually Increases Crash Rate
Laws that ban the practice of texting while driving are designed to keep drivers' attention on the road and avoid accidents, but new research published Tuesday by the Highway Loss Data Institute suggest otherwise. Laws banning texting while driving may actually increase the risk of road crashes, according to the study.
The HLDI research showed that crash rates rose in three out of four states after texting bans were implemented
Adrian Lund, president of HLDI and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says:
"Texting bans haven't reduced crashes at all. In a perverse twist, crashes increased in three of the four states we studied after bans were enacted.
It's an indication that texting bans might even increase the risk of texting for drivers who continue to do so despite the laws."
Lund added that the findings "call into question the way policymakers are trying to address the problem of distracted driving crashes", and said that the increased crash rates were due to drivers responding to the regulations by moving their phones lower down and out of sight when sending a text. This increases the risk of a crash because the driver's eyes are diverted further from the road and for a longer time.
30 states in the United States, as well as the District of Columbia, have banned texting while driving.