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Today's Read: At War in Humpville

Since Mayor Adrian M. Fenty took office, the number of speed humps in Washington has soared, from about 100 to 868. The humps have sprouted from Friendship Heights to Congress Heights. There are 10 new ones along Anacostia Avenue in Northeast, six along Lebaum Street in Southeast and four on one block of Monroe Street in Northwest. In some neighborhoods, that means war. (Paul Schwartzman)

Distracted Driving: Despite an awareness that distracted drivers are a hazard, many Americans continue to use cellphones and text while driving. When AAA recently studied the habits of Beltway drivers in Virginia, the group found that more than half of drivers used their cell phones on Interstate 495 every day, and a quarter of them send or receive text messages daily. (Ashley Halsey III)

Metro Adding Cameras: The transit authority is preparing to install video cameras on an some rail cars, the first step in what could become a systemwide surveillance network that officials say will help manage crowds and investigate criminal activity. (James Hohmann)

By Robert Thomson  |  September 29, 2009; 7:39 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting , Driving , transit  | Tags: AAA, Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, Today's Read, distracted driving, texting  
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80% percent of all rear end collisions (the most frequent vehicle accident) are caused by driver inattention, following too closely, external distraction (talking on cell phones, shaving, applying makeup, fiddling with the radio or CD player, kids, texting, etc.) and poor judgement.

I doubt if we'll be able to stop the madness so I went out and got one of these sparebumper.com

Posted by: KrystalKid | September 30, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

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