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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