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article imageStudy: Cellphone laws do not reduce accidents

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 29, 2014 in Technology
New research says cellphone bans do not actually cut down on accidents. After many media and government campaigns against "distracted driving" this may change how some people think.
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice is part of a sweeping study that seeks to understand how people drive and what impact laws have on that. Researchers looked at driving patterns and accidents over several months. Findings showed that accidents only decreased around 1-2 a day which is statistically insignificant.
Logically if people are not allowed to talk on phones they will be less distracted by them. Unfortunately studies have shown that many teens simply ignore these laws. Reporters from the Washington Post also assert that many Americans still use their phones regardless of any consequences.
Journalists with Autoblog Canada assert that another reason may be that even without a cell phone modern cars are filled with distractions. Anything from a GPS system to a radio can be distracting to some drivers.
Clear information that these laws do not work has not dissuaded lawmakers from pushing new bans. Many states have legislation already in progress to expand these bans after pressure from interest groups.
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