Monday, February 1, 2010

Cell phone driving bans don't work



I came across this story on CNN Money today..

Cell phone driving bans don't work

(http://money.cnn.com/2010/01/29/autos/cell_phone_law_results/index.htm?hpt=Sbin)

I thought this was interesting given that the new Cell Phone Ban here in Toronto goes into effect tomorrow.

"NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- State laws that ban drivers from talking on hand-held cell phones seem to have no effect on crash rates, according to a study released Friday.

The Highway Loss Data Institute compared collisions of 100 insured vehicles per year in four different jurisdictions before and after bans on handheld cell phone use took effect. The study was done in New York, Washington, D.C., Connecticut and California.

"Whatever the reason, the key finding is that crashes aren't going down where hand-held phone use has been banned," Lund points out. "This finding doesn't augur well for any safety payoff from all the new laws that ban phone use and texting while driving."


I guess we'll see how things work out over here..

--jackandcokewithalime

PS:  In case you were wondering, 'augur well' is defined as "To foreshadow a successful outcome, indicated by some circumstance or event."... I had to look it up...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Two quick points:

1) The ban is Ontario-wide.

2) The sample size in that study seems inordinately low.

jackandcokewithalime said...

True and True! Still interesting..

--jackandcokewithalime