Saturday, October 17, 2009

"Orange Cones, No Phones" Campaign Targets Cell Phone Use in Work Zones

While the word is out about texting and talking on the cell phone while driving, the danger is compounded through a work zone.

This message is the main point behind the “Orange Cones, No Phones” campaign aimed at drivers traveling the I-495 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes construction zone on the Capital Beltway.

According to a report compiled by Transurban-Fluor and AAA Mid-Atlantic, 56 percent of the approximately 210,000 daily drivers on the Capital Beltway use their cellphone or read and write text messages while driving. Nearly half of those cell phone drivers make no change while driving in construction zones.

“We need the full attention of drivers when traveling in the changing and constricted construction zone on the Capital Beltway,” said Tim Steinhilber, Transurban-Fluor’s General Manager for the Capital Beltway HOT lanes project.

VDOT, the Federal Highway Administration and the Virginia State Police are promoting the "Orange Cones, No Phones" awareness program on the radio, Internet, social networking venues, schools and employers.

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Reprinted from the VDOT "Northern Virginia Project News" newsletter, October 2009, Vol. 2, Issue 9.

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