Primary Handheld Bans vs. Texting Bans

Current data indicates that there isn't much difference for safety reasons between hands-free and just having a primary offence texting law. However, law enforcement says that without hands-free it's very difficult to enforce a texting law. Is strong enforcement enough to change driving habits? The objective of this research is to determine whether the enforcement of a hands-free cell phone law with primary enforcement for all drivers is more effective than just a texting ban with primary enforcement for all drivers. The research methodology must control for all variables including the existence or absence of public awareness campaigns. 


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project BTS-03

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Governors Highway Safety Association

    444 N. Capitol Street, NW, Suite 722
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Rogers, William

  • Start Date: 20171219
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01654281
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project BTS-03
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 18 2017 3:03PM