Study: Distracted Driving a Growing Problem Along Part of I-95

May 9, 2014

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A new report shows distracted driving is a growing problem along a section of one of America’s most heavily travelled routes.

In a second annual report on distracted drivers on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia, the number of frequent I-95 drivers likely to use their cell phone while driving has increased from 56% in 2013 to 62% this year. 

The report is from the motorist group AAA Mid-Atlantic, along with two companies involved in a construction project in Northern Virginia. It is based on a survey of 1,023 drivers who live in the area and frequently travel the route.

It also found the number of distracted drivers on I-95 who have had a traffic incident or near-miss as a result of their behavior has increased from 24% in 2013 to 31% in 2014.

Fifty-four percent of all distracted drivers on I-95 say they are at least occasionally responding to a work-related issue. These responders are 10% more likely than non-work responders to have an incident or near miss behind the wheel, according to the study. It also found work responders are also more likely than non-work responders to read texts, write texts and read/respond to emails. 

The top reasons distracted drivers respond to work-related issues on I-95 include:

  • The belief that an immediate response is expected, at 31%,
  • The desire to multitask/save time, at 27%,
  • The need to check that the issue is not an emergency, at 17%.

Just 18% of area drivers say their employer has a policy regarding the use of cell phones while driving.

Despite major construction activities along I-95 in Northern Virginia, just 18% of I-95 drivers have specifically opted to not read or write texts or emails in the I-95 construction zone. Only 11% say that they no longer talk on a cell phone in the construction zone.


  1. 1. McGruff [ May 12, 2014 @ 06:09AM ]

    Howamy of the drivers in tis study were truck drivers and Howamy were automobile drivers? VIDEO BILLBOARDs should be classified as a very real distraction to all drivers! Why aren't they classified as distractions!

  2. 2. Steve [ May 12, 2014 @ 08:01AM ]

    And this is a surprise to who ? definitely the trucking Industry. And while you are at it you need to make all them stereo headsets go away also. You know the ones tat are covering both ears like you see some of the 64 mph company drivers using. with their Cruse set at full bore. Trying to get ahead of the ELD's they are forced to use.

  3. 3. haller [ May 12, 2014 @ 10:15AM ]

    It's called a smart phone. When ANY portable communication device (smart phone), finds itself moving more than 6 mph it shuts off. Safety first. saves battery life (better for the environment), and more time with people in the vehicle to interact with each other. Sounds good to me and I didn't attend Harvard...


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