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Study: Texting Bans Reduce Car Crash ER Visits

A new study found that states that banned texting and driving had on average a four percent reduction in emergency department visits following car crashes, according to an article by CNN.

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A new study found that states that banned texting and driving had on average a four percent reduction in emergency department visits following car crashes, according to an article by CNN.

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The four-percent decrease is equivalent to 1,632 traffic-related emergency department visits per year, according to the analysis. The study looked at data from 16 U.S. states from 2007-2014. Forty-seven out of 50 states currently have laws restricting texting while driving, but of the states researchers looked at, all but one (Arizona) had texting laws.

Regardless of the type of law or who it applied to, states who banned texting and driving saw a four-percent average reduction in emergency department visits. In addition, states that had a primary ban on all drivers saw an eight-percent reduction in crash-related injuries.

In 2016, nearly 3,500 people lost their lives and 391,000 were injured but survived a crash related to distracted driving, including texting, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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