N E W S R E L E A S E
Oct. 15, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MPO Leslie Sten
James City County Police seek to reduce rear-end crashes
James City County Police Department will take part in a two month campaign to reduce the leading type accident in the County, rear-end crashes. There were 213 rear-end accidents in 2012, and there have been 151 so far in 2013.
Crash data shows that these accidents typically occur in the Monticello Avenue corridor and on Longhill Road and are typically caused by driver distraction, inattention or following too close. Rear-end crashes have resulted in totaled vehicles and patients being transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Enforcement will occur throughout the County, with a primary focus on the Monticello Avenue corridor and Longhill Road.
Distraction or inattention is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. ALL distractions endanger driver, passenger and bystander safety. Types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone
- Eating or drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading maps
- Using a GPS
- Watching videos
- Adjusting a radio, MP3 player or CD player
Following too close is when one vehicle is following another so closely that even if the following driver is attentive to the actions of the vehicle ahead he or she could not avoid a collision if the driver in front brakes suddenly. Maintaining a safe distance, especially in adverse conditions such as rain/sleet/snow, will allow you to stop safely and/or take necessary evasive action.
When a driver is following too close or not paying attention to their primary task of driving, they put themselves and others in danger. Do your part to stay safe.