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Car crashes up in Calif. since texting ban

September 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Since California passed a law against texting while driving, the number of crashes has gone up.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looked at data from four states that passed texting bans, including California. Crashes also increased in Louisiana and Minnesota.

In three of the states, there have been more crashes since the implementation of the law.

A spokesman for the institute said the increase in crashes could be because drivers have their phones down out of public view, so their eyes are off the road for even longer than before.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said the report is misleading.

He said the bans are important, but they have to be enforced and obeyed.

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