Tuesday, December 20, 2011
INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY SAYS CELL PHONE BANS DO NOT REDUCE ACCIDENTS
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has issued a report saying cell phones are not causing accidents, but is "the full spectrum of things that distract." The IIHS (funded by a group of car insurers) compared crash data between states that had instituted cell phone bans and those that hadn't. According to its research, while the ban had reduced phone use, it hadn't helped reduce crash rates.
The National Transportation Safety Board has presented several studies linking cell phone use to an increased chance of crashing and their latest proposals would ban not only cell phone usage, but most hands-free systems found in major car makers' vehicles today.