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Texting While Driving is Increasing, Auto Club Study Finds

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Over the past two years, the Automobile Club of Southern California has conducted a handful of studies before and after the texting-while-driving law went into affect, finding that texting dropped 70%, from 1.4% of motorists to 0.5%. But their latest study, conducted over the last month, finds that texting is on the rise again, more than doubling to 1.1%.

“These results are disappointing,” said Steven Bloch, Ph.D., the Auto Club’s senior researcher. “The fact that we’re seeing a statistically significant rise in texting despite the state ban indicates that additional efforts are needed to help deal with the problem. It’s just over a year after California’s texting ban was implemented, and texting is rising toward the level it was before the law.”

For the Auto Club's part, they are supporting a new Senate Bill that would increase the fine for texting from $20 to $100 (plus penalty assessments) and add a point to the motorists driving record.