New Distracted Driving Training Program
In recognition that April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Fairfax County Police Department held it’s first-ever distracted driver training session for FCPD officers. This goal of the training was to increase internal officer awareness on the reality of the dangers of distracted driving and underscore the importance of enforcement in this area. The class focus included: legal challenges, psychology, enforcement and current trends of distracted driving.
Officers also heard, firsthand, from Patty Kruszewski, who recently lost her daughter to a driver who was distracted by talking on his phone.
Distracted driving continues to be a major factor in motor vehicle crashes and the numbers are growing steadily in Fairfax County. There were 1,060 crashes attributable to distracted driving in 2011, 1,128 in 2012 and 1,175 in 2013.
Despite ongoing efforts in enforcement and education, some intersections in Fairfax County show steep increases in crashes due to this factor.
The top five locations for crashes involving distracted drivers in 2013 were:
- Colvin Run Road/Leesburg Pike
- Georgetown Pike/Leesburg Pike
- Leesburg Pike/Lewinsville Road
- Fairfax County Parkway/Sunrise Valley Drive
- Franconia Road/South Van Dorn Street.
Urge those you care about to:
• Stop using cell phones while driving
• Understand the dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain
• Tell others about the dangers of cell phone distracted driving
For more information on the issue of distracted driving, visit http://www.cdc.gov/Motorvehiclesafety/Distracted_Driving/ and http://www.Distraction.gov.