Fairfax County Police Looking for Distracted Drivers

By Chris Gordon
|  Thursday, Nov 4, 2010  |  Updated 8:09 PM EDT
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Chris Gordon

Between April and October at least 485 accidents in Fairfax County were the result of distracted driving.

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Talking on a cell phone or texting while driving can be dangerous, so Fairfax County police keep a watchful eye out for distracted drivers.

"Eighty percent of the crashes that occurred were due to distraction that occurred three seconds prior to collision and the majority of them were events which took a driver's eyes off the road for more than three seconds," said Fairfax County Motor Squad Officer Joe Moore during a roll call briefing at the Sully station Thursday.

Between April and October, there were 6,060 crashes in Fairfax County, and 485 of them were due to driver distractions, according to police.

Of 1,500 people surveyed in Fairfax County, 75 percent said they think using a cell phone while driving is a distraction, but 54 percent admit to doing it themselves.

"I do it myself and I find myself in situations where I know I shouldn't be on the phone but it's there and it's available and I just happen to do it myself, but it's absolutely a distraction," Anna Anderson said.

Fifteen percent of those surveyed admitted texting while driving. 

"I commute from Chantilly to Vienna, Va., on 267," said Ajay Singh. "I see all the people on the phone texting, and it's really risky for me to travel." 

Fairfax County police are focusing on Route 28 and the Tysons Corner area, where there is a high crash rate. Since texting while driving is a secondary offense in Virginia, police are looking for other infractions that would allow them to stop and ticket distracted drivers.

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