ABC News – Despite nationwide initiatives to curb cell phone use while driving, there is no evidence indicating that the bans are effective, according to a report out today.
Nevertheless, the 40-page document urged states to enact cell phone and texting bans, even as it declared that there is “no solid evidence that any [ban] is effective in reducing crashes, injuries, or fatalities.”
The report, “Distracted Driving: What Research Shows and What States Can Do,” developed by a host of transportation safety officials, also called on employers, the automobile industry and the federal government to continue to develop tests and implement measures to combat all forms of distracted driving.
The report summarized all research on distracted drivers available as of January 2011 and focused its attention on distractions caused by cell phones and text messaging.One recent study said that about two-thirds of all drivers reported using a cell phone while driving.
The new document found that there was no conclusive evidence that hands-free cell phone use is less risky than hand-held use.
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Poster’s note: On my daily commute, I have seen little to no discernible difference from the time the bill was passed until now. One thing is for certain; until this reckless behavior is treated as DUI, lax enforcement and weak penalties will continue to render this law virtually meaningless.