AAA wants to ban texting while driving by 2013

The American Automobile Association is on a mission to put a nation-wide ban on texting while driving in the next 3 years.

Citing a 2008 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association reporting that car accidents caused by drivers who were using their cellphone while driving accounted for 5,870 fatalities and 515,000 injuries nationwide, AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet said it was time to improve existing laws on distracted driving

“Enacting texting bans for drivers in all 50 states can halt the spread of this dangerous practice among motorists nationwide, and is a key legislative priority for AAA in state capitols.”

The AAA mentioned a Californian study that showed a 70% decline of texting while driving since the state passed a new legislation in January 2009.

“We are pleased to see that the frequency of texting while driving dropped after the texting ban went into effect in California,” said Darbelnet. “We hope that this new data will help influence lawmakers in other states to take action and pass similar legislation banning texting while driving.”

Source: The American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety

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