Virginia lawmakers vote to ban handheld devices while driving, but will it reduce crashes?

However, the effect of such bans on crash totals “varied widely,” the researchers found. “Despite the proliferation of laws limiting drivers’ cellphone use, it is unclear whether they are having the desired effects on safety.”

New research into drivers’ cellphone use, and distractions more broadly, underscores the stubborn nature of the problem and reveals some crosscurrents in driver behavior as technology changes and people do different — and more — things with their phones.