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Do laws banning texting while driving make the roads safer?

Do laws banning texting while driving make the roads safer?  According to a new report, the answer is no.  But that's not the whole story.

The study done by a branch of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looked at crash data from four states with texting bans. It found that in three of the states -- California, Louisiana, Minnesota -- crashes actually increased.

So how can that be?  Drivers are no longer allowed to text, therefore concentrating more on the roadways, and accidents go up?  It doesn't make sense.  Well, there's an explanation.

Institute spokesman Russ Rader says the increase might be the result of drivers moving their phones down, of out public view, while they text and thus looking away from the road longer.

So essentially, it's not that the laws aren't effective, it's just that some people choose not to follow them.  That maybe would be a better conclusion for the study.

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