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anti texting laws are not working

CNBC just released a very disturbing story that suggests that laws making it illegal to text while driving are actually having the opposite effect. That's right - accidents related to texting while driving have actually gone up. According to a report from the Highway Loss Data Institute laws prohibiting texting are ineffective. Accidents related to texting actually went up in three of the four states examined. The texting laws are having the same result as those laws restricting the use of cell phones. Here is the most interesting part - they believe the reason for the increase may be that users are trying to do the texting indiscriminately. Yes - trying to hide their texting from open view which makes the conduct even more dangerous. Also, not surprising, is that the age group with the highest incident rating is the under 25 group. It has become increasingly more apparent that a more effective education process is necessary. We are not going to change the problem overnight. Just like with the seatbelt and smoking campaigns we must start indoctrination at a very early age. When the 3 year old in the back seat tells mommy that what she is doing is "bad" maybe then we will turn the corner. In the meantime do what I do every time I come to an intersection with another car - look to see if the other driver is using a cell or texting. I have been cut off way too many times. The other old cliché comes to mind - monkey see monkey do. Let's start the example now. Dennis F Feeley

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