But according to HLDI
, and to the surprise of many, the efforts of LaHood and his department are for naught.
Highway Loss Data Institute (1983), HLDI
Injury and Collision Loss Experience, Washington, DC (September).
is an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a non-profit research and education organization dedicated to improving highway safety.
The HLDI compared collisions of 100 insured vehicles per year in New York, Washington D.
An earlier study conducted by the HLDI reported that cellphone use was directly linked to four-fold increases in crash injuries.
This conclusion appears to be consistent with the findings of a previous HLDI study, which suggested that banning hand-held phone use while driving doesn't translate to fewer crashes.
Texting bans haven't reduced crashes," said Adrian Lund, president of both the HLDI and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
looked at insurance claims for vandalism made under comprehensive coverage from 2008 through 2012.
The overall results show the Escalade has not only the highest rate of claims but also very expensive claims when they are filed," said Kim Hazelbaker, HLDI
senior vice president.
General Motors has put a lot of effort into new antitheft technology, so that may help explain the decline in the Escalade's theft rate," says HLDI Vice President Matt Moore.
The HLDI says many pick-up claims involve the theft of equipment from the truck bed.
Age-related impairments can affect a person's driving, so concern over the country's changing demographic make-up is understandable," says HLDI
Vice President Matt Moore in a statement.