Texting Bans Dont Reduce Crashes Study Claims

09.28.10 | FL News Team

Researchers at the Highway Loss Data Institute claim bans on texting while driving don't reduce crashes.  In fact, their new survey showed states that banned texting by all drivers saw a slight increase in accidents.  Data was studied from four states in the months immediately before and after a ban on texting was enacted -- California, Louisiana, Minnesota and Washington.  Three of those four states actually saw a slight uptick in crashes.

Adrian Lund, president of the Highway Loss Data Institute, said, "neither texting bans nor bans on hand-held phone use have reduced crash risk."  Lund theorizes that texting bans don't work because those who wish to text while driving continue to do so, but in riskier ways.  For instance, they may hold their phones down and out of sight of police while texting.

Countering that theory is the simple fact that texting in general is rapidly increasing.  The number of sent text messages rose from one-trillion in 2008 to one-point-six-trillion in 2009.