• So much for cell phone, texting laws

    by  • August 4, 2011 • Legal and Enforcement, Safety • 4 Comments

    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.


    4 Responses to So much for cell phone, texting laws

    1. Anonymous
      August 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      The root cause is automatic transmissions. It's nearly impossible to text, eat a hamburger, apply makeup or shave while driving a manual. In Germany, you must learn how to drive stick in order to get a drivers license. Not a bad idea.

    2. Scott
      August 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      Of course enacting a ban isn't going to have any effect on behavior.

      Rigorous enforcement and stiff penalties, on the other hand, will significantly change behavior

    3. Frank Warnock
      August 5, 2011 at 8:35 am

      I almost got sideswiped yesterday while riding in the shoulder. If I didn't see it in my mirror and bail out, I would have been hit. Then they swerved back toward the center line and back in the shoulder again. I didn't see what they were doing, whether deliberate or distracted, but that's the kind of crap I put up with on a fairly routing basis. Even 10' wide shoulders like this one aren't safe, and we can't expect to increase modeshare when everyone knows this is going on.

      I believe Utah has the toughest penalties right now, but don't quote me on it.

    4. July 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Well, I have nothing against this texting laws. Albeit it’ll be good if they are carried out because there are some people who thinks they are SHIVA with six hands who does many things while driving.

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