Is the Virginia Texting Ban Really Doing Its Job?

If you live in Virginia, then you know that you are not allowed to send a text message while driving.  There is a statewide texting ban in effect, but you know what?  People are still texting and driving.  That could be why researchers at the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) found no reductions in crashes after the bans were put into place.

Are Crashes Going Up?

According to a news release by the HLDI entitled, “Texting bans don’t reduce crashes; effects are slight crash increases,” some of the states that have enacted bans have actually seen an increase in crashes. “It’s an indication that texting bans might even increase the risk of texting for drivers who continue to do so despite the laws,” said Adrian Lund, president of HLDI and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

It is believed that drivers, who are still texting after the ban, are trying to hide their cell phones while typing. “This could exacerbate the risk of texting by taking drivers’ eyes further from the road and for a longer time,” explained Lund.

Put the Cell Phone Away

There is no question that texting and driving is dangerous and irresponsible.  Whenever you are behind the wheel, put your cell phone away.  That will help eliminate the temptation to send a “quick” text message or read messages sent to you.  If you are the parent of a teen driver, encourage him or her to do the same. By taking these actions, you can help reduce the number of Virginia car accidents.

 

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