Texting Bans No Substitute for Self-Control

Oct 04, 2011
A recent article from Nevada-based RGJ.com examines the effectiveness of texting bans on the actual number and severity of traffic accidents so far in the US. The general consensus: While texting has a direct correlation to increased accidents, there is not yet sufficient evidence that full bans decrease them significantly.

The reason for this conclusion is basically twofold: texting bans cause drivers to try to hide their texting, which actually makes it more dangerous, and drivers tend to lie about the cause of their accidents when texting or phone use is involved.

When it comes to texting and driving, the only way to eliminate the risk is to be aware of the danger and restrain yourself. Make sure your drivers know that texting is not to be tolerated and that they are aware of just how real the threat is: taking your eyes off the road for even two seconds can lead to an accident, and even reading a single text message can take longer than that. The only way to stop texting-related accidents is to stop texting while you are operating your vehicle. So make sure your drivers know that it’s ok to pick up the phone AFTER they have arrived.

Photo courtesy of Stefan Kloo and re-used under the Creative Commons license.