Laws that forbid motorists from using hand-held phones or texting while driving don't appear to result in a significant decrease in vehicle crashes, according to a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute expected to be released Friday.
The study, expected to be released at a conference in Washington, D.C., Friday, comes amid stepped-up efforts by federal highway-safety regulators to ban texting while driving and curb other forms of driver distraction. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood earlier this week announced rules to forbid commercial truck and bus drivers from text messaging while driving. Mr. LaHood has said he would ban all texting while driving if he could.
I've never understood why anyone would think these laws are necessary? In every place they would pass a new law they already have reckless driving laws. Texting while driving is reckless. Use what you have on the books. There is no need to add another law to an already overly fluffed legal code just to appear to be "doing something."