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Thursday, 30 September 2010 16:21

Car crashes rise in the wake of texting bans

Written by Nedim Hadzic

Drivers just find other distractions
Once upon the time, logic seemed to have suggested that banning text messaging while driving will decrease the number of car crashes, but this has since turned out to be quite the opposite. A study by US Highway Loss Data Institute says that the number has risen in some states, but thankfully the increased amount is said to be only “slight”.

HLDI’s study says that this move is “associated with a slight increase in the frequency of insurance claims filed under collision coverage for damage to vehicles in crashes." While some states where these laws were implemented showed no change at all, states like California, Louisiana and Minnesota are said to have had 7.6%, 6.7% and 8.9% respective increases in collision claims.

The study ultimately concludes that drivers who tend to get distracted will get distracted regardless of whether there’s a cell phone around or not. In fact, the study says that “anecdotal evidence from insurance claims” showed that distractions are far more than just phones; it lists messing with the radio, eating, drinking, swatting bees, applying make-up as well as shaving.

More here.

Nedim Hadzic

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+16 #1 mp3sgt 2010-09-30 16:42
Shaving eh. True talent to the person who can shave while driving and NOT get nicked or cut.
+13 #2 xbasti07x 2010-09-30 17:39
haha shaving? applying make-up? wtf some people are just crazy XD
+3 #3 Fud_u 2010-09-30 20:24
I drove while eating a hamburger and drive with one hand and I can still manage to do signal while people with 2 hand sometime can't. I have drove into a unicorn once and kill it.
0 #4 blandead 2010-09-30 20:47
So if we don't have our cell phones then we must be using the radio and/or eating and swatting bees? Wtf does that have to do with texting and driving.

It's been proven to increase collisions and now they are saying it makes no difference since their study gave opposite results.

You'd think they would try to follow up on it instead of list a bunch of auto claims and conclude people are all stupid so they will crash regardless.
-1 #5 hsew 2010-10-01 01:21
We thought that banning guns would reduce crime and violence and look what happened! Some people never learn...
+3 #6 deadspeedv 2010-10-01 02:56
It has reduced deaths by shooting drastically in all countries that have banned guns.

In Australia it used to be 711 a year shot dead before the ban and now it is about 200. Thats a 3.6 times reduction. I say it is working. So people can actually learn.
+1 #7 hsew 2010-10-01 15:19

Maybe deaths by SHOOTING have gone down, but what about crimes in general?

Please provide support for your claims about Australia; googling "Australia gun ban" didn't support your case.

Britain is an example of "less guns more crime".
Giving the people the ability to defend themselves is a deterrent against crime. Would you try to assault at me wielding a knife if I had a gun? Probably not, unless you had a death wish.

I think it's funny that we ban firearms in the name of "preventing criminals from obtaining firearms". You know, criminals, people who break the law? Let's fight them....with a law!!!

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