Put the Phone Down

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Put the Phone Down

Our friends at Drive Smart Virginia have some sobering statistics on the effects of distracted driving on Virginia’s roads:

Consider this:

  • 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.

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