Accident Reports Don't Aid Drive to Ban Cell Phones

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A legislative bill to ban drivers from using cell phones will get no extra help from accident reports.

Two years ago, the Nebraska State Patrol began tracking when cell phone use caused an accident. Sate Senator Jim Cudaback of Riverdale hoped the report would help sell the idea of banning cell phone use by drivers.

But results indicate that, of reported causes of accidents, use of a cell phone was the least frequent.

Cell phones were the major contributing factor in 174 accidents, far less than 1% of the more than 112,000 accidents over an 18-month period.

Cudaback says he thinks the report reflects only what people are willing to tell a trooper.

He says few drivers probably would admit that the distraction of using a cell phone caused an accident.

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