A recent study by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HCDI) based on comparisons from states that banned driver texting with patterns of claims in other states show that ban has not reduced the number of car accidents. This conclusion was based on analysis from four states that have recently banned driver texting-California (January 2009), Louisiana (July 2008), Minneosta (August 2008), and Washington (January 2008). The most unexpected conclusion of the study is probably that the number of car crashes actually increased in three of the four states that enacted the ban with Minnesota having the highest increase with nine percent.
Studies have shown that approximately 48 percent of drivers text in states that do not ban driver texting. Survey studies indicate that drivers in the age group o 18-24 year olds that 45 percent reported continue to text in states that have the ban. Adrian Lund, president of the HLDI states that “If drivers were disregarding the bans, then the crash patterns should have remained steady. So clearly drivers did respond the the bans somehow, and what they might have been dong was moving their phones down and out of sight when they texted, in recognition that what they were doing was illegal This would exacerbate the risk of texting by taking drivers’ eyes further from the road and for a longer time.”