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Study says texting bans not working

Driving is hectic enough, but throw a cell phone in the mix and it can be downright dangerous.

Jim Nolan deals with crashed and smashed vehicles on a daily basis. He's with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Ruckersville, Virginia. Researchers with his agency recently looked at insurance claim records in four states before and after a texting ban went into place.

"The study shows that simply adding a law on the books will not solve the problem," Nolan said.

Researchers found that the ban didn't reduce crashes. In fact, crashes from texting and driving actually went up in those states.

"One possibility is when these bans go into effect, maybe people who are texting on top of the wheel and keeping half an eye on the road are now pulling their devices down lower," Nolan said.

Nolan says in order for these bans to work, they need to be enforced. "What we don't want is legislators to think, ‘Great. We solved this problem, we created a law, let's move on.' Because the law by itself, without education and without aggressive enforcement, is not working."

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