Safety Program Launched to Combat Distracted Driving in I-95 Work Zones

Some 1,500 workers are building the 95 Express Lanes in Virginia, south of Washington D.C. Meanwhile, most of the drivers commuting the corridor are using their cell phones while they drive.

Virginia transportation officials recently launched a safety campaign called “Orange Cones. No Phones" in response to a survey finding that found that 62 percent of daily I-95 commuters are likely to use their cellphones while driving, according to an article by Robert Thomson. The survey, sponsored by AAA and the Transurban-Fluor consortium (which is building the 29-mile-long 95 Express Lanes project), was conducted in March via an online survey of 1,023 frequent I-95 drivers.

In response to the survey's findings that many of the distracted drivers are suing their phones for work purposes, the campaign is also asking employers to ban the use of cellphones while driving. 

Full Story: Safety officials focus on I-95′s long work zone

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