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Study: Texting bans don't cut crashes

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Study: Texting bans don't cut crashes

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Bans on texting while driving fail to reduce crash rates because motorists ignore the rules, according to a study by the Highway Loss Data Institute, a group funded by the insurance industry.

Crashes increased in three of four states it surveyed where driver texting was banned, according to the group's statement released Tuesday. The study focused on collision claims in the states before and after they enacted bans.

Laws against texting from mobile phones have been enacted in 30 states, including Michigan, since 2004, and almost half of them this year.

"Texting bans haven't reduced crashes at all," said Adrian Lund, president of the Highway Loss Data Institute and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the results were misleading. They don't match up with his agency's research showing that deadly distracted driving declines when laws are strictly enforced, he said in a statement.

Read more: Study: Texting bans don't cut crashes | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20100929/BUSINESS01/9290369/1210/business01/Study-Texting-bans-dont-cut-crashes#ixzz10vHrX59h

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