Apr 28, 2010: The Automobile Club of Southern California
performed a study where they found that despite the ban on texting, Texting while driving is on the rise.
Before the texting law went into effect in January 2009, three Auto Club surveys conducted in mid- to late 2008 showed consistently that about 1.4% of motorists were texting at any point in time. Two surveys conducted shortly after the texting ban (May and July 2009) showed that texting (or manipulating electronic devices) had dropped about 70%, to about 0.5%. The Club's latest survey, conducted in late March and early April 2010, shows that texting has more than doubled from the earlier studies -- to 1.1%.
"The fact that we're seeing a statistically significant rise in texting despite the state ban indicates that additional efforts are needed to help deal with the problem," said Steven Bloch, Ph.D., the Auto Club's senior researcher. "It's just over a year after California's texting ban was implemented, and texting is rising toward the level it was before the law."
One approach is for law enforcement to issue more citations. However, it's difficult for law enforcement agencies to cite texting motorists. Drivers typically hold devices in their lap, making it hard for law enforcement to see what motorists are doing. Texting citations are often given out by motorcycle officers, who have a better view of driver actions.
See the full report Auto Club Study: Texting While Driving on the Rise