In the past year many cities, counties, and states have begun implementing and enforcing laws which make it illegal to talk on the phone while driving or text while driving. A report released today indicates that not only are these laws effectively reducing the number of accidents, they are also successfully reducing the number of people who participate in these distracting habits while driving.
The report indicates that in many areas the number of people talking on the phone while driving dropped as much as 70% while the number of people that text while driving dropped close to 80% or more. Both of these statistics are surprising and yet at the same time they are great news for lawmakers and the public as a whole.
Prior to many of these distraction bans a significant amount of car accidents were blamed solely on these distractions. Today however there has been a dramatically large decrease in accidents caused by cell phone distractions which means the driving while distracted laws are clearly successful when it comes to reducing accidents.
Following in the wake of successful laws many analysts believe that there will likely be a jump in the number of laws related to this sort of incident in the coming year. Many states were hesitant to issue cell phone bans due to the fact that there were no proven results but this study has all but confirmed that banning the use of cell phones while driving does effectively increase safety.