Hey! Over Here! Fairfax County's Top 5 Locations for Crashes Involving Distracted Drivers

Crashes from distracted drivers increase in the region.

Don't do it. (Patch file photo.)
Don't do it. (Patch file photo.)

With the number of crashes involving distracted drivers increasing in Northern Virginia, the Fairfax County  Police Department is drawing attention to the problem with some attention-grabbing numbers.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which began with Fairfax County police officers undergoing the department's first-ever distracted driver training session for FCPD officers. 

Distracted driving continues to be a major factor in crashes, and the numbers are growing steadily in Fairfax County. There were 1,060 crashes attributed to distracted driving in 2011, 1,128 in 2012 and 1,175 in 2013, according to Fairfax County Police statistics.

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.

John Strother April 06, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Vincent Careatti, where in Falls Church are these signs that state "do not enter". I do believe you have Clarendon ( Arlington County) confused with the city of Falls Church.
John Strother April 06, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Vincent Careatti, cut through traffic was never meant for residential streets and also applies to industrial streets. Streets through heavy industrial is meant for the trucks that service those places and cut through traffic isn't proper there. You are the one trying to make these roads a common commuter cut through. Us e the belt way if you are going between Alexandria and West Falls Church, It is quicker and does not have traffic lights. Use I-66 however you must have so many people in your car to be car pooling. Or better yet, move closer to your work, that way you don't have to spend many hours getting to and from work.
John Strother April 06, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Vincent Careatti, I see your posts and they are either about I-66 or Route 7. it seems you get off the I-66 to get onto local roads when I-66 backs up. Does that make you want to use cut through and speed? Sounds like it to me. I want the police to keep an eye on you. Because of your cut through driving, you make it very unsafe for my neighbors children, the elderly and myself. Stay on your I-66 commuter traffic route and stay the heck out of places you don't belong. You are making things worst being there. You are the traffic many people don't want driving in their neighborhoods. You don't live there, don't visit or do business there, so you just don't belong there.
Lisa April 06, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Part of the problem is the length of the traffic cycles. Miss the light and one can end up waiting 5 minutes to get going again, and in some cases have to go through multiple cycles to get through the intersection. In our society of impatience, people start doing other things like texting and reading email, then continue to finish up what they are doing once the traffic moves again. I see that every morning that I drive to work.
Alvin Clinton Hicks, Jr. April 06, 2014 at 09:27 PM
All this is simply proof that the regions police departments are not doing their jobs. All police officers are responsible to traffic duty when on duty. Most have an attitude to justify not doing this responsibly. Yet the death toll and injury toll is rising in every region across the nation. The last year's death toll was over 43,000. With serious injury's in the hundreds of thousands! And Fairfax is no exception. Most police officers think that they are supposed to get paid overtime on what is called 'auxilary' traffic duty assignments on $overtime$. And the dispatch offices are in on it as well. They get thousands of calls daily with traffic complaints directly involving improper Motor Vehicle Operator driving in any given area thru out Fairfax and most go ignored. Yet someone will call in a redundant call by comparison and the patrolling officers on duty will respond to it instead of the thousands involving even reckless driving reports! Bottom line? It is such gross negligence it is simply criminal in and upon itself! Emails. Written letters. Phone call reports about same being received about Motor Vehicle Operator small and big infractions and what is being done about it? A patrol officer will be sent out to investigate a kitty cat being stuck in a tree instead by dispatch, backed up by the on duty officer of the shift? And what is the departments sworn duty and oat to office and position? "To Serve and Protect". And what major subject issue is killing and injuring people more than any other? The Motor Vehicle Operator.


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