Kelly Blue Book has figured it out.
While most modern cars improve upon their predecessors, some modern features are not as "pure" as their outdated counterparts. Electric steering for example can not provide the same feel that a hydraulic unit can. Another feature to go electric in cars is the emergency brake. By making the e-brake electric, car companies can free up precious dashboard space that they can then use for a screen or button. Electronic handbrakes won't activate by accident, thus making handbrake turns impossible.
It seems then that electronic handbrakes keep the drive safer. Or do they? Kelly Blue Book wondered what would happen if you pulled the brake while driving. Here are the results from a test conducted with the help of a new Honda Civic sedan.