Various Research and Articles on Driving
By Dan Rynski
on Oct. 01, 2010, Tucson Sun.
text and drive is the new vogue restriction throughout the
nation, one that just oozes with common sense and would surely
make streets safer – or not.
actually increased in at least three states after those states
put texting bans into place, according to a study
conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute.
study examined collision insurance claims in Louisiana,
Washington, Minnesota and California before and after texting
while driving bans went into effect.
only state of the four that did not see an overall increase in
crashes was Minnesota.
states have texting while driving bans in place. Arizona is not
one of them, although Phoenix has restrictions.
has it that even with the ban people continue to text and drive,
but quickly hide their phones under the dashboard or their laps
when they spot law enforcement patrolling the streets. Of course,
their eyes follow their phones under the dashboard or into their
laps and there goes the nearest lamppost.
92 percent of people polled by AAA said texting while driving is
unacceptable – yet 24 percent of folks in that same poll
admitted to doing it within the last month.
few other bans have been equally ineffective, backfiring in major
ways and making matters worse – not better.
nonprofit Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) said Sept 28 2010
that its research found no reduction in auto crash claims after
bans on texting while driving went into effect in 4 US states.
regulations are the law of the land in a majority of the
country's 50 states, as well as in Washington DC, the first
jurisdiction to enact such a ban.
group said its research actually found a slight increase in the
frequency of collision insurance claims filed from crashes in
which texting played a role after the laws were enacted.
bans haven't reduced crashes at all. In a perverse twist, crashes
increased in three of the four states we studied after bans were
enacted," said Adrian Lund, president of the HLDI.
an indication that texting bans might even increase the risk of
texting for drivers who continue to do so despite the laws,"
of texting While Driving
have found that when drivers texted, their
collision risk was 23 times greater.
The dangers already seem well established, with little effect on
driving habits. A dramatized educational video that shows the
gruesome results of a car accident caused by a distracted,
texting teen driver has been viewed millions of times on YouTube.
Nationally, 58 percent of teenagers said they use text messaging.
27) -- Sending text messages while driving was the culprit in the
deaths of an estimated 16,000 people from 2001 to 2007. Even more
sobering, researchers warn that fatalities have shot up
significantly since 2005.
of federal data
on road fatalities, published this week in the American Journal
of Public Health, concluded that deaths due to "distracted
driving" surged from 4,572 in 2005 to 5,870 in 2008. That's
a 28 percent increase in three years.
of the deaths involved collisions with roadside objects, as
drivers typing on their cell phones veer off-track and into
poles, traffic lights or other items.
driving is a growing public safety hazard," the study reads.
"Specifically, the dramatic rise in texting volume since
2005 appeared to be contributing to an alarming rise in
distracted driving fatalities."
states now have legislation enacted to prohibit texting while
driving, but anecdotal evidence suggests the bans often go