Cellphone Bans

USA Today reported that “The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), examined insurance claims for crash damage in California, Connecticut, New York, and Washington D.C., before and after handheld [cellphone] bans took effect and found no reduction in crashes.” Adrian Lund, president of IIHS, says she is surprised by the findings, and that the key finding is that “crashes aren’t going down where handheld phone use has been banned,” even though, according to Barbara Harsha, Executive Director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, “we know cellphone use goes down when it is banned.”

Cellphone bans do reduce cellphone usage while driving. Reduced cellphone usage while driving does notreduce accidents. Bottom line: it doesn’t make any difference. Leave us alone, please.

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