Ban of using phones while driving greatly reduced road fatalities in California

Ban of using phones while driving greatly reduced road fatalities in California
That using a cell phone behind the wheel is dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians is something that one cannot argue with, and this recent study only backs up that claim even further. Since 2008 - the year when the use of cell phones while driving was banned across the state of California, there has been a significant decrease in road accidents related to distracted driving.

In particular, vehicle accident fatalities have dropped by 22 percent while deaths caused by drivers using a cell phone have decreased by a whopping 47 percent. Further surveying goes to show that 40 percent of California residents do not use their cell phones while driving as much as they did before the law went into effect. Seems like saying that "the national effort to ban texting and other cell phone use by drivers is possibly the most important safety development since seat belt use became mandatory a generation ago" is pretty accurate of a statement.

Currently, if a California driver gets caught violating the ban of cell phone use while driving gets fined $159 with each subsequent offense leading to a $279 ticket. 

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15 Comments

1. sheepygalaxy

Posts: 68; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

Using a phone when driving should be band all over the world it's been proven time and time again it Saves lives

2. sheepygalaxy

Posts: 68; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

Now justing waiting for all the thumbs down off most Americans

9. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Lol, not all Americans are like that. I could say the same about Canadians or w.e you are

11. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Do you realize how racist and ignorant you sound when you say that Sheepygalaxy? This anti american bs needs to stop and yes that goes for anti everywhere as well.

3. Beholder88

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I agree with you, I can't tell you how many times I've almost been in an accident because of some moron on their cell phone not paying attention to the road. The problem isn't with making the law though, it's with enforcing it.

4. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Not to mention these douches always impeding highway traffic. Everyday I got to deal with people driving 40 on a 60 highway...while the weather is good

7. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Obviously they can't multi-task, so they should just pull over and do one thing at a time. However, banning the use of phones is good, now is to make sure that people don't do other stupid things to slow down traffic. Since we're on the phone banning subject, a lady was driving 40ish on the freeway with a cell phone next to her ear. I think I encounter these drivers at least once or twice a day. Apparently they're not cracking down on it enough to prevent people from using their phones when driving.

5. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

That's good!

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If California did a better job of enforcing the 'ban', the benefits would be even greater. Even with the ban, there are so many drivers who insist on driving while talking/texting. Bump the fine to $500/citation, and push the enforcement of the ban. There will be 2 immediate benefits - accidents will drop, and revenues will go up (might even solve the state's budget crisis).

8. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Even people with hand-frees slows down when driving and talking. They should have a law to require people to pull over when handling a call when driving. If the call is so important for them to pick up, I'm sure it'll be more important than where ever they're driving to.

10. kellkeezy

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

i dont think so much the people with hands free devices because at least they can still function with both hands on the wheel and are more aware of their surroundings then those holding a phone on their shoulder or one in hand, now this is only my opinion, and what i see in Ohio. I personally do not drive and text and will only talk on the phone if the roads arent busy and will talking only with my Jabra stone Bluetooth or Skull candy headphones (my speakers in my car suck and i love iHeart radio).

12. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Unfortunately, there are people who focuses more on their conversations than the road. True that having a hand-free device, the driver will better control their vehicle. However, just having a conversation while driving is still a distraction. There are people who can't focus on driving while talking at the same time. People like that tend to be driving 40mph while the speed limit is 65mph, causing traffic. The devices are not the only problem... it's the people... they could be having a conversation with the people in the car, and driving slow because they're busy making hand gestures and etc.

13. jtc8008

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

It's not the law that is making less accidents. It's people are becoming aware. Phones are more prevalant and people are learning that it isn't safe. People who talk on their phones will always rather there is a law or not. Just like drunk drivers. It's not the device but the people who are at fault. They can raise the fines to 2000 dollars and it won't do a thing.

14. Cruzan357

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

Now I am not saying it is safe to drive and text and not everyone can hold a conversation and talk on the phone. But the facts in this story are being misrepresented. I don't think cellphone related fatalities are anywhere near 22% of the crashes in California. If you actually look at the studyhttp://www.safetrec.berkeley.edu/news/Memo_CellPhoneBan.pdf fatalities related to non-hands free cellphone use which is what the law bans only accounts for 2% of that 22%. The 47 lives saved are important but its a shame they distort the facts like that. And they don't mention the over $73 million dollars the tickets have brought in.

15. aksdad

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Nonsense! Go look at the statistics yourself. California traffic fatalities were already declining starting in 2006, 2 years BEFORE the "cell phone ban". The study shows no direct cause-and-effect relationship between the cell phone ban and decreased fatalities. It was cooked up to justify legislation that was hugely unpopular (it took 5 tries to pass it). Everyone knows that laws banning cell phone use while driving have little effect. People use them anyway. There aren't enough cops to monitor everyone using cell phones. There is no data to show using cell phones while driving is any more distracting than fiddling with your stereo. In either case, it's a bad idea and people have died from distracted driving, but if you're going to ban cell phones in cars you should also ban car stereos, eating and drinking, talking to other passengers, applying makeup and the myriad other things people do instead of paying attention to driving. A better idea is to improve training of new drivers (and old drivers) to acquaint them not only with just the basics of traffic law but REAL driving skills like defensive driving, driving in adverse weather, scanning the road ahead to anticipate other drivers, and most of all how to stay mentally focused on actually driving the car.

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