What do you think about a recently released study that found that cell phone laws haven’t done a thing to reduce traffic collisions?
The Highway Loss Data Institute compared insurance claims for crash damage in four U.S. jurisdictions before and after such bans to claim rates in jurisdictions that had no such laws and found that claim rates remained steady.
The institute is an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
"The laws aren't reducing crashes, even though we know that such laws have reduced hand-held phone use, and several studies have established that phoning while driving increases crash risk," said Adrian Lund, president of both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute.
Other studies on cell phones and driving found a four-fold jump in the risk of injury crashes when motorist are on their cell phones, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Similarly, a Canadian study found a four-fold rise in the risk of crashes involving property damage, the organization reported. In separate surveys of driver behavior before and after hand-held phone use bans, drivers appear to be using their cell phones less while driving, the institute reported.
By the way, the Highway Loss Data Institute study did not indicate whether drivers were using their cell phones at the time of their crash.
However, reductions in cell phone use while driving are substantial enough and the risk of crashing while chatting on the phone are large enough that reductions in all crashes “would be expected,” the institute reported.