Texting bans can reduce teen traffic fatalities by as much as 11 percent, according to a new study of the effect of such state laws. Not all texting bans are alike, of course. But ones aimed at teens and that allow primary enforcement of the law — i.e. they don’t require officers to have another reason for the traffic stop — had the most dramatic effect, a team of researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health found in a study published in the August American Journal of Public Health.
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