No Texting Laws


Cell phone laws such as No texting laws are another best practice for road traffic injury prevention. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that text messaging while driving will create a crash risk 23 times worse than if they were not texting. At the current time there is no national ban on texting or using a cell phone while driving, however many states have passed laws that ban texting and cell phone use while driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2012 texting while driving killed 3,328 people and injured another 421,000 people. California has a strict no texting while driving law that was enacted on January 1, 2009. California police aggressively monitor for motorist’s using cell phones. In 2010 the California Department of Motor Vehicles reported that they handled 460,487 cell phone convictions, which was up 52% from the previous year.

In 2012 the University of California Berkley did a study in which they found that traffic deaths overall dropped 22% in California and deaths blamed on drivers using cellphones went down 47%. According to a recent survey 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put them in danger. Hopefully the government will place a national ban on cell phone use while driving with this data out there.

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