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Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

In addition, the "30 citations" number refers to the overall umbrella of driving without using due care; texting is only a part of that. Gordy Wright, spokesperson for the GSP, says they haven't really seen an increase in these citations, even after the enactment of the texting ban.

"We're still trying to educate the people," Trooper Searcy added. "So a lot of guys choose not to write the citations. They'll choose to give them a warning."

On top of that, there's a new study from the Highway Loss Data Institute. It looked at four states that had introduced texting bans more than a year ago and found that none of those states showed a reduction in car crashes. In fact, the study actually revealed a slight increase.

The authors concluded, "This may reflect the difficulty of enforcing texting bans."