Study reveals that despite ban on Cell phone usage while driving accident rates still high

July 8th, 2011 - 8:05 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York City, July 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study has rubbished the long-held assertion that using hands-free phone while driving reduces the risk of having an accident when compared with using hand-held phones. The study was conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association with funds provided by the State Farm Insurance.

Texting while driving has been banned but the researchers say the ban has done very little to reduce the incidence of accident. In all 41 states have fully or partially banned mobile phone use while driving. However the researchers say the ban at the various states should not be lifted but they recommend that states which has no similar laws should not enact them because they will not impact on the rate of road accidents in any significant way.

The researchers realized that the use of cell phone while driving is very common. Two-thirds of the respondents who took part in the survey admitted using the cell phone while driving. A third of those respondents said they regularly used their cell phone while behind the wheels.

The researchers say in a bid to reduce the rate of accident caused by distractions, measures like rumble strips and automotive technological innovations should be used.

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