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Study: Texting While Driving Bans Aren't Working
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on May 05, 2013 @ 9:45PM
Created on May 05, 2013 @ 7:51PM
If you remember, our state's law to prevent any kind of cell phone use while driving went into effect last summer, but is it really working?
 
A USA Today survey shows that these statewide texting while driving bans aren't working the way they should. In fact, some states hand out fewer than one citation per day. Now with this startling news, we asked some of you about your thoughts on the law. One woman says she thinks the ban is effective.
 
"I think it's definitely a good thing, but I don't think the law is going to stop people," says Amanda Dunphy, Morgantown resident.
 
Studies show you're 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident if you text and drive. In 2011, more than 3,000 people were killed in accidents involving texting while driving. One woman doesn't agree with the ban, and believes there's a better way to catch people who aren't keeping their eyes on the road.
 
"I think they should have to face other penalties," says Emily Hoover, Morgantown resident.
 
Officials say the best way to avoid breaking the law is to invest in some kind of hands-free mobile device. Many new cars are already coming equipped with hands free technology like Bluetooth.

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Comments (4)
May 06, 2013 at 2:55 PM
All the liberal laws they pass do nothing but attempt to 'control' people through stupid legislation. NOT WORKING.
May 06, 2013 at 2:54 PM
Guns laws don't work. Criminals still get them. Texting while driving laws don't work. Folks still texting. Seat belt law doesn't work. People still not wearing them.

Seeing a pattern with all these controlling liberal laws??? They do NOTHING!
May 06, 2013 at 2:53 PM
I KNOW of several folks who STILL text while driving. The article is accurate although some don't like TRUTH about liberal laws NOT WORKING! Facts are facts.

Gun laws don't work either. I see all the criminals are STILL getting them. Nothing new here.
May 06, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Please be responsible in your headlines and stories. USA Today wrote an article that admitted that few surveys or studies track the number of citations issued for texting and driving. No where in their article did they indicate these bans weren't working. Texting and driving laws are designed to educate, deter and hold accountable violators. I believe based on these three actions alone, these laws are proving very successful. A more informative news segment would be to educate your viewers on the dangers and consequences of texting and driving.
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