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Do Texting While Driving Bans Lead to More Crashes?

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We all know texting while driving is dangerous, and some states already have laws banning it. But a new study suggests that these laws aren't making the roads any safer, in fact, quite the opposite.

In three of the four states they studied, researchers actually saw an increase in the number of crashes after this law went into effect.

But one valley family who lost a son in a texting while driving crash says the numbers don't mean anything.

19-year-old George Camacho died in a single-vehicle rollover in January. Camacho lost control of his SUV while trying to send a text to a friend, and now his mom wants laws banning texting while driving passed in every state.

But a new study suggests these laws may not be the answer.

The Highway Loss Data Institute kept tabs on the number of accidents before and after these anti-texting laws were put in place. They tracked accidents in California, Washington, Louisiana, and Minnesota -- and in three of four states, crashes increased.

Charles Heller from the Arizona Citizen's Defense League says the results don't surprise him. He says the anti-texting laws aren't necessary.

"There's nothing wrong with texting and driving if you do it safely," he says.

But Camacho's mother believes the laws do prevent some people from driving and texting, even if this latest study says otherwise.

"He thought he was invincible, he thought like a lot of people think and if you can do it safely, why not just do it."

Phoenix is the only city in Arizona that has a texting and driving ban.

Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood calls the study misleading, saying that other studies show people who use handheld devices while driving are four times more likely to crash.
 

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