Study: Texting Laws Haven't Reduced Crashes

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A new study from the insurance industry finds texting while driving laws have had no immediate benefit in reducing crashes. The study looked at crash data from four states with texting bans. It found that in three of the states — California, Louisiana and Minnesota — crashes actually increased.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

We now with some information about the effect of those laws that ban texting while driving. An insurance industry study finds that in three states with texting bans, crashes actually increased. The U.S. transportation secretary says texting bans are a good idea, but people must obey them and that's the problem. Apparently drivers respond to a texting ban by holding the phone lower, out of sight, which takes their eyes off the road.

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