Study finds that cell phone bans have no effect on accident rates

Study finds that cell phone bans have no effect on accident rates
Even with the recent announcement by the federal government to ban interstate truck and bus drivers from texting while operating a moving vehicle, it may still prove to have little effect in the overall scheme of things. According to a Highway Loss Data Institute study, nationwide bans on drivers using cell phones while driving haven’t yield a decline in accident rates. Distracted driving has always existed; it’s just that most people don’t classify them in the same category if they’re not cell phone related. The study compared insurance claims in four states that have bans in place and compared them to areas where drivers can talk freely – they ultimately found no significant difference.

HLDI president, Adrian Lund, says that “The laws aren’t reducing crashes, even though we know that such laws have reduced handheld phone use and several studies have established that phoning while driving increase crash risk.” Claims in New York, Connecticut, California, and Washington, D.C. were looked at by the study – both before and after bans were in place. They went on to compared them with claims in neighboring states with no bans being implemented – the method was intended to take into account factors not related to the bans; like seasonal, economic variations, and driving patterns. The never ending battle to eliminate distracted driving will continue – still there is no state in the country that bans hands-free cell phone use while driving.

via Mobile Tech Today

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16 Comments

1. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

I am reading this and responding right now while driving a SUV doing 85 with 3 kids in the back getting a hummer from a prostitue !!! DROID DOES!!

5. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

hahahaha lol. DROOOOOOID

9. irvinkeith

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

ok...........i have an iphone.........but if Droid can do that(hummer)...........here i cum verizon

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

hahahahaha! Iphones suck!

2. VZWtrainer

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 24, 2008

I've been trying to make this point forever. It's another example of the government getting involved where it shouldn't. It's the same idea as ETF's. You don't see the government going after apartment and house leasing companies about their "unfair ETF policies" which don't prorate and have NO BASIS other than keeping their customer for 1 or 2 years.

3. tiolawa

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

FLMAO so all thos bans for nothing!!!! maybe they wil ban billboards and sexy looking people and flashy cars from the road so people won't be distracted.. oh i know lets ban driving period all mass-transit so people won have to worry about distactions and it will all be automated by big brother.....

8. GlenF

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 02, 2009

Don't give the Govt. any ideas, it is an election year

4. scottmbolt unregistered

I heard that i-phonearena.com did a study that said if you use an iPhone while driving, you are impervious to any accident. They claim the iPhone is the perfect human device that will protect its users from all and any harm.

7. GlenF

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 02, 2009

Actually if you use an I-phone while driving, 9 gaurdian angels swoop down from heaven and carry your car

11. irvinkeith

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

that happend to me :)

12. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

thats just way too funny. thats how ifail owners act. lmfao

6. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i'm not surprised. i still do it.

13. Carpe_PM

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 31, 2009

The reason there's no "significant difference" is because no one is obeying the bans. There have been several studies that show driving while talking on the phone can be equated to drunk driving.

14. Chand unregistered

"I am reading this and responding right now while driving a SUV doing 85 with 3 kids in the back getting a hummer from a prostitue !!!" Wonder how many people can get away with such brazen acts? Someday you will meet with a crash if you keep driving at that speed and use the phone. Please desist immediately. Drive safe and be safe. Do not use a phone while driving.

15. Chand unregistered

"Someday you will meet with a crash if you keep driving at that speed and use the phone. Please desist immediately." Whether you are driving 15 mph or 85 mph, do not use the phone while driving. Simple.

16. Chand unregistered

Driving is an activity that requires full concentration. Even if you are driving at a snail's pace you need to stay focused. Avoid completely taking calls, reading, texting while driving. Attend to your mobile phone calls or anser text messages after you reach your destination. If you absolutely must answer a call or reply a text while driving, then pull over your vehicle to a stop at a safe place, away from the road. Then answer your call or reply a text message. After completion of the task resume driving. Life is too precious to be endangered for making or answering a mobile phone call, reading texts or answering text message/messages.

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