A study recently published in the Social Science & Medicine journal by researchers at Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) captures how motorists who drive automobiles aren’t the only ones who are positively impacted by the passing of distracted driving laws. Instead, they found that the passing of this type of legislation also seems to result in a decrease in motorcyclists’ deaths as well.
The researchers working on this study combed through U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data collected across a 10-year period from 2005 through 2015. What they found is that in states that had instituted bans on the use of cellphones and other personal electronic equipment, motorcyclist fatality rates were as much as 11 percent lower than they were in areas that hadn’t yet adopted them.
When asked about why he believes that these laws have reduced the number of motorcyclist deaths, one of the lead researchers pointed out that far less distracted motorists are striking them. He notes that while these laws have reduced the number of fatal motorcycle accidents, they haven’t resulted in a decline of all types of deadly ones.
As far as fatal motor vehicle accidents having declined during the past few decades, data from 2016 shows that at least 1,000 people are injured and nine lose their lives each day in the U.S. after being struck by a distracted driver.
He notes that their goal in conducting the study was to understand whether these distracted driving laws are effective and, if so, to capitalize on that success.
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