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New research supports cell phone laws

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There’s news in America’s efforts to make highways safer by restricting texting and cell-phone-use while driving.

The news is that the restrictions work.

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That’s news because the laws’ effectiveness has been questioned, in this space and elsewhere. Key studies — including notable research in 2010 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety — found that even after states passed complete bans on drivers’ use of hand-held cell phones, the number of car crashes didn’t go down.

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