West Virginia readers know that texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving can lead to an increase in car accident numbers. Distracted driving places the driver, passengers and every other motorist at risk for a car accident. The increase in texting-related accidents has led many states to pass legislature prohibiting and punishing distracted driving of all kinds.
A university and RAND Corporation studied the texting laws and car accident statistics to determine if these laws have actually had a positive impact on the number of accidents related to phone use. According to the study, the cellphone ban did not cause a change in the car accident number before or after the law was enacted in one particular state. Other states have similar bans and statistics, suggesting that changes to laws may not be the best way to prevent distracted-driving accidents.