A new report shows distracted driving is a growing problem along a section of one of the most heavily travelled interstate’s in the U.S.
In its second annual report on distracted drivers on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia, AAA Mid-Atlantic number found that the frequency I-95 drivers are likely to use their cell phone while driving increased from 56% in 2013 to 62% this year.
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.
Just 18% of area drivers say their employer has a policy regarding the use of cell phones while driving.