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Texting Bans Don't Reduce Crashes

Highway Loss Data Institute –
September 28, 2010

Legislators in state after state have enacted laws that ban texting by all drivers. As well intentioned as they are, these laws haven’t accomplished what the legislators intended. They haven’t reduced crashes. Rather, in a perverse twist the frequency of insurance claims filed for vehicle damage sustained in crashes actually increased in three of the four states that were studied, after laws took effect that prohibited drivers from texting.

“These findings indicate that texting bans might even increase the risk associated with texting for drivers who continue to do so despite the laws,” says Adrian Lund, president of both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and affiliated Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).