Workers' Comp Insurers Want Texting Bans to Prevent Car Accidents

U.S. employers and workers' compensation insurers are increasingly worried about the cost of work-related car accidents. Distracted driving accounts for a growing number of those accidents, which can cost them big in terms of workers' comp claims and lost productivity.

In the area of driver safety, employers are growing more interested in lobbying governments across the U.S. to implement more restrictive driver safety laws. Initiatives include speed cameras, bans against cell phone use and texting while driving, and changes to DUI enforcment.

As of July, 27 states have passed texting bans that categorize texting while driving as a primary offense, meaning that law enforcement can stop and ticket texting drivers even though they haven't violated any other traffic law. By early next year, nine states will have laws prohibiting cell phone use while driving. Those numbers don't even count municipal texting bans like the one just passed in Huntsville.

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