States that allow police officers to pull over a driver for texting while driving saw fewer deaths than states, like Florida, that use a secondary enforcement of texting bans.
Findings from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health were published in the August issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
"Our results indicated that primary texting bans were significantly associated with a3 percent reduction in traffic fatalaties among all age groups, which equates to an average of 19 deaths prevented per year in states with such bans," Alva O. Ferdinand told Science Daily. She conducted the panel study while completing her doctoral work. States with secondarily enforced restrictions - where officers need another reason to stop a vehicle, like speeding or running a red light before citing a driver for texting while driving - did not see any significant reductions in traffic fatalities.