TYSONS CORNER, Va. (CBSDC) — Drivers who text while behind the wheel continue to create traffic problems in the region.
A survey of 402 law enforcement officers in Northern Virginia revealed texting while driving is the primary offense of drivers in construction zones — surpassing speeding, aggressive driving and even failure to obey changing traffic patterns.
The new survey found an estimated 40 percent of drivers are using their cell phones in some capacity while driving in a construction zone.
78 percent of officers who participated in the survey noted that the number of automobile crashes an incidents in construction zones has increased during their time on the job.
The survey found cell phones were the primary cause of 34 percent of crashes in the construction zones. Comparatively, 13 percent of crashes were attributed to speeding while 15 percent were the result of aggressive driving.
“Oh yeah. It’s the majority of people,” Fairfax County Police officer Joe Moore, told All-News 99.1 WNEW. “On my way up here today I was baffled.”
Moore recalled one particularly horrific crash involving a driver using their cell phone.
“He pulled out his phone to check out his Facebook update, looked up, traffic was stopped, swerved and ended up rolling the SUV, ” Moore recalled, noting the passengers were thrown from the vehicle.
“It’s the norm, unfortunately,” he added. “I think until that changes, we’re going to be in trouble.”
The survey was conducted by 495 Express Lanes, Orange Cones. No Phones and AAA Mid-Atlantic.