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by Mike Masnick


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Can Handing Out 'Txting Kills' Thumb Bands Stop People From Texting While Driving?

from the beats-bad-laws dept

We've pointed out that some recent studies have suggested that laws that ban texting-while-driving may have actually made the roads more dangerous, because it hasn't stopped people from texting, but just caused them to further hide the activity by holding the phone down low -- forcing them to take their eyes off the road more. This isn't to say that we think texting while driving is a good idea -- it's not. But just because you pass a law trying to ban a really dumb idea, it doesn't mean it will have the desired effect, and the early evidence suggests that there are serious unintended consequences with these laws.

Instead of laws, I think that a combination of education and technology could be a lot more effective, and it appears that at least some law enforcement folks are trying to increase the educational aspect. Parker Mason points us to the news that police in Iowa have started issuing "Txting Kills" thumb bands (sort of like the Livestrong bracelets... but for your thumb) rather than tickets to those caught texting while driving (they're also just handing them out at schools). It's nice to see an educational component, rather than just strict punishment, but I'm not convinced that thumb bands alone will do the trick...

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  1. identicon
    Ken Kelsey, 16 Nov 2010 @ 3:17pm

    TEXTING KILLS Thumb Bands now available.

    It's more than just an Awareness Band... The Thumb Band is a promise to drive safely. And it's a reminder to everyone that TEXTING KILLS.

    We now have stock Thumb Bands in both Blue and Pink in three sizes -
    IN STOCK.
    Ken 877-753-5739
    http://awareness.kelseypromo.com

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