Today, nearly every state in the country has a law that bans texting while driving. But do these laws make a difference?
It takes time to change social norms, so it'll probably take many, many years until it's as socially unacceptable to text or use a cell phone while driving as it is to start the engine without first buckling a seat belt. In the meantime, researchers say, smart policies are needed to address the increasing share of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths attributed to distracted driving.
For older workers, the most dangerous occupational move may be getting behind the wheel.