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Are texting while driving bans actually more dangerous?

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A study in Mississippi recently showed that crashes are on the rise following a July 1 texting while driving ban.

Different theories surrounding the rise in wrecks have emerged, according to a report.

Russ Rader, an official with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, says there’s no proof that crashes have been reduced by the ban but that attempts to conceal texting and the like from police officers may be at the root of the rise.

“One theory is that drivers — these laws are well publicized — may be trying to conceal what they’re doing so they’re not spotted by a police officer. So they move the device down below window level, thus taking their eyes off the road,” he said.

Mississippi is one of 45 states with similar bans.

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