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Texting Bans Hike Auto Accidents

Texting bans have actually increased crash rates in some states.
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) -- Texting bans have actually increased crash rates in some states, according to a study by the

Highway Loss Data Institute.

"Texting bans haven't reduced crashes at all. In a perverse twist, crashes increased in 3 of the 4 states we studied after bans were enacted. It's an indication that texting bans might even increase the risk of texting for drivers who continue to do so despite the laws," says Adrian Lund, president of both HLDI and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Crashes with insured drivers increased one percent in Washington, nine percent in Minnesota and 12 percent in California. The study determined that the crash rates increased because drivers were ignoring bans on texting.

Text messeging has increased from 1 trillion messages in 2008 to 1.6 trillion in 2009. Insurers such as


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have been promoting programs to inhibit texting while driving.

--Written by Maria Woehr in New York.

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