Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New Study: Texting Bans May Cause More Accidents

An interesting twist as a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that texting bans could be causing more accidents.

The report is from the IIHS's Highway Loss Data Institute; both groups are funded by automobile insurers and the report is being presented at the Governors' Highway Safety Association, meeting this week in Kansas City, Mo. It suggests some drivers lower their phones into their laps to text out of sight of police officers. Problem is, they also lower their eyes away from the road. IIHS President Adrian Lund says state lawmakers are 'focusing on a single manifestation of distracted driving and banning it. This ignores the endless sources of distraction and relies on banning one source or another to solve the whole problem'.

I agree with the idea that legislators are honing in on one type of distracted driving. Texting is only one of the many ways that drivers can be distracted while driving.

What do you think?

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