The many laws enacted by states to ban texting while driving appear to be for naught, suggest findings from a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute. It found no reductions in crashes after these laws took effect. In fact, the bans were associated with a slight increase in the frequency of auto insurance claims: Crash reports were up
in three of the four states studied for the project after the bans were instituted. Despite the findings, the institute and other highway safety advocates are not ready to abandon a legislative solution to the issue of distracted driving.