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Distracted Driving Awareness & Summonses on the Rise

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

            In an effort to increase public awareness on the dangers of distracted driving, police launched an intensive enforcement and education effort September 10; and they’re getting results.

            There was a 66 percent increase in citations written for failure to pay full time and attention (and texting while driving) in 2010 compared to the same time period in 2008. Police have issued 7,165 summonses for these offenses this year compared to 4,305 in 2008.

            An analysis of crash factors in Fairfax County shows that between April 2, 2010 and October 1, 2010, there were 6,060 reportable crashes and 9,627 non-reportable crashes. Of those reportable crashes, 485 drivers admitted that driver distractions were a factor that may have led to the crash.

            In an effort to ascertain attitudes and behaviors of distracted drivers in Fairfax County, police posted a survey on their public website. Over 1,500 people, ranging in ages from 15 to 60+ participated in the survey.  Results indicate that while 75 percent of respondents agree that using a cell phone while driving is a distraction over 54 percent admit to engaging in this behavior. An update of the survey results is posted at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police.

            Captain Susan Culin, Commander of the Traffic Division, along with Master Police Officer Joe Moore, will participate in a live chat online Friday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to pose their questions, observations, or concerns about distracted driving issues in Fairfax County at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/askfairfax.


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