The first focus of the newly formed executive leadership team on highway safety is distracted driving, but it expects to focus on additional areas like driver education, law enforcement and additional roadway design changes in the future.
People’s addiction to cellphones is making it difficult to address distracted driving and distracted walking, a local police officer said. But he believes awareness and education might help.
Maryland’s Senate voted 32-12 on Friday to increase the penalties for holding a mobile device while driving. A first offense in which the driver goes to court would cost $250.
While Montgomery County officials announced the new initiative, police nearby used spotters to catch phone-gazers in the act.
Virginia officials say that the number of crashes and deaths related to drivers distracted by mobile devices is almost on par with those related to drunken driving — and probably higher than reported.
Most drivers surveyed believe that distracted driving is a problem on the rise, but they don’t always practice what they preach, according to a recent survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Driving with a cellphone in your hand would be banned in Virginia under a bill approved this week by the state Senate. The bill now goes back to the House of Delegates.
A test drive Wednesday at FedEx Field demonstrated that you don’t need to be holding a phone to be distracted while driving — your vehicle’s own features can be tough enough to operate.
At an event launching the “Phones Down. Home Run” campaign in McLean, the Nationals’ first baseman said it’s “crazy” that one in five fatal crashes can be blamed on distracted driving.
More pedestrians are being killed in crashes across the country. Virginia was one of 34 states seeing an increase in pedestrian deaths.
In Maryland, drivers caught using a cellphone behind the wheel can pay fines of anywhere from $75 to $175 in a tiered system. But a Maryland lawmaker believes that’s not enough.
The Virginia State Senate narrowly approved legislation changing rules of the road to protect people walking or biking down the street. One of the bills would block drivers from using a bike line to go around other stopped or turning cars.
Virginia Del. Rich Anderson hopes to reduce the number of fatalities caused by distracted driving.
Take your eyes off the road and put them onto your cellphone for just a moment at highway speed and you risk a crash.
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins hopes to connect on a new campaign to persuade drivers to put down their cellphones.
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