I am totally against texting while driving but this latest study scares the hell out of me. It turns out that those driving while texting bans may be accomplishing the opposite of what they were intended for. The latest study comes from the Highway Loss Data Institute which analyzed insurance claims in four states along with comparing crash numbers before and after they passed anti-texting bans.
In those states, Washington, Minnesota, California, and Louisiana they got some shocking results especially when compared to nearby states that did not have texting bans. In all four states accidents increased with drivers 25 and younger.
The researchers have a simple explanation as to why this may be the case. To avoid detection teens are holding their phones lower which causes even more distraction… Scary right? What do you think? Can you think of a better solution?