California cellphone law not making roads safer
January 29, 2010
The state law requiring drivers to use hands-free cellphones is not making California highways any safer, according to a new study. [Los Angeles Times]
The Highway Loss Data Institute found that the rates of crashes before and after the 2008 cellphone law took effect have not significantly changed. More to the point, California statistics overall mirror those of neighboring Arizona and Nevada–two states that currently don’t have cellphone laws.
Researchers studied nearly two million insurance claims to gather data. In California, there was slightly more than eight crashes per 100 vehicles 18 months before the law passed. That figure dropped to 7.5 crashes per 100 vehicles 12 months after the law passed–consistent with traffic stats from other neighboring states.
“The laws aren’t reducing crashes,” said Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.