The Extra Mile: Texting Ranked Highest Driving Danger In Construction Zones

8:04 AM, Apr 27, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Despite the dangers, many of us are still texting while driving. In Friday's Extra Mile report, Northern Virginia emphasized the importance of putting our attention back on the road especially in construction zones.

A new distracted driving report shows that texting while driving is the most dangerous behavior in construction zones in Northern Virginia. According to a 495 Express Lanes and Orange Cones. No Phones survey of 402 law enforcement officers in Northern Virginia from March 21 to March 30, 2012, texting beats out speeding, aggressive driving and not obeying changing traffic patterns in terms of dangerous behavior.

Orange Cones. No Phones:

The 495 Express Lanes Project:

The survey found that an estimated 40 percent of drivers are using a cell phone in construction zones. Seventy eight percent of police officers indicated that the number of crashes or incidents in construction zones has increased since joining their departments.

The officers surveyed said that cell phone use overall is the primary cause of crashes responded to in an estimated 34 percent of instances -- Speeding accounted for 13 percent and aggressive driving accounted for 15 percent of instances.

The survey results were released at an event at the future Westpark Bridge Express Lanes Connector Ramp in Tysons Corner, Va. Monika Samtani spoke to several transportation and law enforcement officials at the event, including National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman, Fairfax County Police Department Capt. Susan Culin and Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton. See their comments in the video above.

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