The Highway Loss Data Institute recently released the results of a study that show laws banning cell phone use by drivers in some states have not been effective in reducing auto accidents.
The study examined insurance claims made before and after the laws took effect in California, Connecticut, New York and Washington D.C. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, twenty states ban texting while driving while seven states ban talking on the phone while driving.
Oddly, no states that we are aware of ban sleeping, eating, reading, watching television, shaving or applying makeup while driving.
One explanation the Institute said is plausible is the results may reflect the use of hands-free devices in those states. The Governors Highway Safety Association considers these devices to be as dangerous as hand-held devices, which may explain the continued high rate of auto accidents. The National Safety Council supports a complete ban on all hand-held and hands-free devices while driving.
A final interesting note to the story, the Transportation Department just recently banned truck and bus drivers from sending text messages on hand-held devices while operation commercial vehicles over 10,000 pounds in weight. Anything under that is a green light to text away?
Stay safe on the roads. It’s usually the other perons you have to watch out for.