Is the New York Distracted Driving Law Effective?

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As of June 2011, New York was one of 9 states (and the District of Columbia) to ban handheld cell phone use while driving. The ban on handheld cell phones in New York has now been in effect long enough for researchers to consider both the short term and long term effects of the law.

A recent report by the Governor's Highway Safety Association (GHSA) found that the New York cell phone ban:
  • Decreased drivers' cell phone use by 47% immediately after the law was passed.
  • Became less effective over time. Over time, more drivers began using cell phones while driving and the decrease was not as substantial as it was in the immediate aftermath of the new law's enactment. However, the law does seem to have some effect.
  • Was not vigorously enforced.

There is currently some disagreement among researchers as to whether handheld cell phone use is more dangerous and more likely to cause accidents than hands free cell phone use. What do you think? Does New York's law help prevent serious New York distracted driving crashes? Should it be enforced more vigorously?

If you have been hurt, or if you have lost a loved one, in a New York distracted driving accident then you may need help. An experienced New York accident attorney at The Pagan Law Firm would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation about your legal rights and potential recovery. Please call one of our New York accident lawyers today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 for more information.

Read More About Preventing New York Distracted Driving Crashes in Our FREE library article: Fighting New York Distracted Driving on Four Fronts.

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