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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Why Texting-While-Driving Bans Don't Work

Why Texting-While-Driving Bans Don't Work

—By Benjy Hansen-Bundy
|Mother Earth

Lost in the clamor for stricter distracted-driving laws, a study from April 2013 found discouraging patterns in the relationship between texting bans and traffic fatalities.
Drivers might dial back their texting when they hear about a ban, but after they succumb to the urge once or twice and get away with it, they determine it's okay and keep doing it.

As one might expect, single occupant vehicle crashes dip noticeably when a state legislature enacts a texting and driving ban. But the change is always short-lived, according to this study, which examined data from every state except Alaska from 2007 through 2010. Within months, the accident rate typically returned to pre-ban levels.

The researchers, Rahi Abouk and Scott Adams of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, attribute this pattern to the "announcement effect," when drivers adjust their behavior to compensate for a perceived law enforcement threat—only to return to old habits when enforcement appears ineffectual. In other words, drivers might dial back their texting when they hear about a ban, but after they succumb to the urge once or twice and get away with it, they determine it's okay and keep doing it.  Read more....

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

pa texting while driving law was never supposed to work, it is unenforceable and was written to be so

it was written by the mobile phone industry and rubber stamped pa politicians and signed by dirty tom

profits before lives !

Anonymous said...

And it doesn't help the local and state police do it too.

Anonymous said...

Why don't they just make a device to disabled the phone when the car is moving?!

Anonymous said...

Good one 11/3 @ 7:09 !!!

And while at it, how about a device that stops a politician dead in his/her tracts while being a liar.

Anonymous said...

7:09 what about those in your car not driving