If you’re reading this on your phone while driving…please put the phone down. The Auto Club of Southern California says surveys by the organization indicate that a California law banning texting while driving is not having the intended results.
Before the ban, the Auto Club found, 1.4% of motorists surveyed were texting at any given time.
A few months after the ban took effect, that figure dropped to 0.5%, but the survey in late March and early April found it increased to 1.1%.
According to the auto club, the methodology of the surveys was as follows: “They were conducted using systematic random samples of about 4,000 vehicles that were passing by seven roadside sites in Orange County. Surveys were conducted during six time periods: June 2008, prior to the cell phone law first taking effect; July, August and October 2008; May and July 2009; and March-April 2010. Observational surveys were conducted in morning, early afternoon, evening commutes and on freeway entrances and exits, and urban, suburban and small city roadways.”
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