Virginia State Police Capt. James de Ford said that troopers will issue citations to anyone they see texting while driving.
In Fairfax County, more than 13,000 tickets have been issued for failing to pay full time and attention, which includes texting while driving, said Cmdr. Bob Blakley. The cost of this citation starts at $97.
Virginia Deputy Secretary of Transportation Grindly Johnson said that a leading cause of accidents in this region is distracted driving caused by cellphone usage. She joined express lanes operator Transurban and local police in urging people to put the phone down while driving.
Research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that more than two in three drivers report talking on their cellphones while driving in the past month; nearly one in three admits to typing or sending a text message or email while driving in the past month; and more than two in five report reading a text message or email in the past month.
AAA Mid-Atlantic said that distracted driving can be a very deadly behavior and is the cause of 16 percent of fatal crashes.