DOT bristles at traffic safety report

Nov 19, 2010

Government officials were quick to dismiss a new report claiming distracted driving laws don't work.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is at odds with a new study from a leading highway safety organization amid suggestions that many current distracted driving laws are ineffective at best.

In a report this week, the Highway Loss Data Institute said that analysis of crash statistics from four states that passed texting bans had yielded little evidence of improved traffic safety. This was the case when factoring in other things such as seasonal driving patterns and neighboring states that had not changed their laws.

"They're focusing on a single manifestation of distracted driving and banning it. This ignores the endless sources of distraction and relies on banning one source or another to solve the whole problem," said Adrian Lund, president of the HLDI. Lund even went on to suggest that the texting bans had somehow coincided with an increase in road accidents.

The research quickly drew a terse response from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who denounced it as "completely misleading."

Whichever side is right, one thing that is certain is that thousands of people continue to die in all types of motor vehicle crashes each year. With that in mind, a life insurance policy can help protect loved ones financially.

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