There is one main question surrounding texting bans. Do they actually work? Regardless of the bans, it seems that countless drivers still engage in texting while driving. But a recent study has shed more light on the effectiveness of these bans. UAB researches reviewed over 10 years of data and found that certain texting bans can reduce teen traffic deaths by as much as 11 percent.
What does this mean for drivers?
While the texting bans vary from state to state, the ones that enforced at least young driver texting bans at a primary level saw significant results. This means that officers do not have to have any other reason to pull over a driver other than texting. The study demonstrates that the primarily enforced texting laws have been successful in reaching the groups who are most at risk for dangerously texting while driving. It also showed that bans against all handheld devices significantly reduced traffic deaths among adults.
The results of the study may lead to further strengthened bans against texting, talking on the phone, or using a device while driving. While only 13 states ban all handheld devices while driving, this may be slated to change in the next few years. With a significant number of deaths and traffic accidents caused by distracted driving every year, this is good news for responsible drivers on the road.