Study shows ban on texting while driving increases risks of crash

A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded that states that banned texting while driving witnessed an increase in automobile accidents.  The information was gathered from four states – California, Louisiana, Minnesota and Washington – before and after the states carried out texting bans.  Thirty (30) states and the District of Columbia have banned texting while driving and while Arizona does not have a ban, the City of Phoenix does.  Research suggests that because drivers are trying to avoid detection by police officers they hide their phones while messaging, and may take their attention away from the road for longer periods of time.