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Cell Phone Bans: Ineffective Unless Enforced

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Last Week, the Governors Highway Safety Association reported that there is a lack of evidence to show that cell phone bans are effective.

ABC News covered a number of the major points of the report, citing that about two-thirds of all drivers reported using a cell phone while driving, even though 34 states and the District of Columbia had enacted texting bans for all drivers.

Drivers in these states that violate the bans often hide their phones from view, making the distraction even more dangerous as their eyes are off the rode for a longer period of time.

Perhaps one of the main reasons These bans are ineffective is the lack of enforcement.

Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported "dramatic reductions in distracted driving" in in Syracuse, N.Y., and Hartford, CT following the measurement of two pilot projects to increase enforcement of distracted driving laws. (Trucker News)

Cell phone use and texting behind the wheel declined by one-third in Syracuse, and by 57% in Hartford. Drivers were prewarned by the "Phone in One Hand Ticket in the Other" Media Campaign.

High visibility law enforcement campaigns were one of the recommended countermeasures in the GHSA report.

As ABC News Reported, Joel Feldman, a prominent Philadelphia trial attorney, believes that legislation is desperately needed to protect the road from distracted drivers. July 17th will mark the two-year anniversary of his 21-year old daughter Casey’s death, after she was struck and killed by a driver who took his eyes off the road for a few seconds to grab an iced tea. " The fact is, laws will affect behavior change and the way people drive," Feldman said. "Sometimes I think twice about stopping at a red light when the roads are empty, but I do because I don’t want to get a ticket

Fore more information on the Government Highway Safety Administration and the recent report, "Distracted Driving:What Research Shows and What States Can Do" please visit www.ghsa.org