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Texting While Driving Ban

Texting on the Sly Leads to More Car Accidents

Texting while driving is banned in 30 states, but have you ever snuck in an SMS while you were behind the wheel? The answer for most of us is no, but people are in fact still texting on the sly, and it's leading to more fatalities and accidents than before the ban, according to a new study.

When people try to hide their texting from the police they tend to lower their phones to their laps, the study says, which means no eyes on the road for longer periods of time. That translates to an increased chance of crashing; the accident rates in three of the states they studied rose after the law was in place. Last year, there were almost 450,000 accidents and 5,474 deaths due to distracted driving.

The government, however, is not giving up; US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he is confident that the texting ban will work in the future, once it is enforced "effectively." So instead of trying to outsmart the cops, keep your cell phone tucked safely away and try my top five texting-while-driving alternatives.

Source: Flickr User mrJasonWeaver

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weffie weffie 6 years
Not surprising, I've been saying this since the ban went into effect here last year... I used to hold my phone almost on top of the steering wheel (where a heads-up display would be, basically, which isn't dangerous) and it was easy to see what was coming up. Now, if I even need to glance at it (like to see the caller id to decide if it's worth pulling over for) it means a good 1-2 seconds of my eyes off the road.
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