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Texting while driving bans save 19 lives per year

Date:
July 30, 2015
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Texas A&M University
Summary:
On average, there was a 7 percent reduction in crash-related hospitalizations in states that have enacted bans on texting and driving, researchers say. Hospitalizations were reduced the most -- 9 percent -- among 22-64 year olds and those aged 65 and older.
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A Texas A&M Health Science Center study finds that bans on texting while driving can also reduce crash-related hospitalizations.

In fact, findings show that on average, there was a 7 percent reduction in crash-related hospitalizations in states that have enacted such bans. Hospitalizations were reduced the most -- 9 percent -- among 22-64 year olds and those aged 65 and older.

The study was published online in the American Journal of Public Health. Additionally, a corresponding study (also published in the AJPH) from Alva O. Ferdinand, Dr.P.H., J.D. found that texting bans prevent, on average, 19 deaths per year.


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Journal Reference:

  1. Alva O. Ferdinand, Nir Menachemi, Justin L. Blackburn, Bisakha Sen, Leonard Nelson, Michael Morrisey. The Impact of Texting Bans on Motor Vehicle Crash–Related Hospitalizations. American Journal of Public Health, 2015; 105 (5): 859 DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302537

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