Distracted Driving Laws Help Prevent Motorcycle Fatalities

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Laws restricting the use of cell phones and other handheld devices while driving have reduced deaths in motorcycle crashes significantly, according to a study from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and the University of Miami. Results of the study show states with moderate-to-strong bans on handheld devices have motorcycle fatality rates that are up to 11 percent lower than states without such bans.

For this study, the researchers used annual data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System on motorcycle-specific traffic fatalities for all 50 U.S. states from 2005 to 2015. They merged this information with texting/handheld device laws in each state and compared the effects of strong, moderate, and weak bans to areas without restrictions on using handheld devices while driving.

According to the Florida researchers, overall automobile safety is improving, and fatality rates have gone down in recent years, but motorcycle fatality rates have not declined. Results of their study, they say, indicate policies to restrict the use of handheld devices could help reduce motorcycle crash deaths caused by distracted driving.

Sourced from: Science Direct