Do bans on texting while driving actually increase accidents?

By Andrew Adams
KSL.com
Oct. 25, 2012

Of course, but they also increase revenue, therefor more people have to die. Same goes for the shortening of yellow lights to only 3 seconds from 5. See my article, "The Government Would Rather You Die If It Nets More Revenue" - Chris, InfoLibSALT LAKE CITY It's perplexing for both police and lawmakers throughout the U.S.: They want to do something about the danger of texting while driving, a major road hazard, but banning the practice seems to make it even more dangerous.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that 3 of every 4 states that have enacted a ban on texting while driving have seen crashes actually go up rather than down.

It's hard to pin down exactly why this is the case, but experts believe it is a result of people trying to avoid getting caught in states with stiff penalties. Folks trying to keep their phones out of view will often hold the phone much lower, below the wheel perhaps, in order to keep it out of view. That means the driver's eyes are looking down and away from the road.



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