Kentucky’s texting while driving ban is in effect, but new evidence indicates such laws could increase accidents.
The report is from the IIHS’s Highway Loss Data Institute; both groups are funded by automobile insurers and the report is being presented at the Governors’ Highway Safety Association, meeting this week in Kansas City, Mo. It suggests some drivers lower their phones into their laps to text out of sight of police officers. Problem is, they also lower their eyes away from the road. IIHS President Adrian Lund says state lawmakers are ‘focusing on a single manifestation of distracted driving and banning it. This ignores the endless sources of distraction and relies on banning one source or another to solve the whole problem’. He may have a point.