- 2016 was the deadliest year on American roads in nearly a decade and 2017 is trending even higher. So far this year, there has been a 16% increase in traffic fatalities in Virginia.
- A Virginia Tech study (involving commercial vehicle drivers) showed that manipulating a phone while driving increased crash risk by 2300%.
In our region, distracted or drunk driving has been the leading cause of fatalities affected bicycle commuters – most recently Max Brook, who was struck and killed while riding home from his job at the Hollins Kroger.
Drive Smart Virginia has a petition up at Change.org encouraging the General Assembly to ban hand-held phone use while driving in the Commonwealth. We encourage you to review the petition – and the stories of those who lost their lives and inspired Drive Smart to start the campaign – and the work done by Drive Smart to make Virginia’s roads safer.