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News Release: 12/335/LHC
November 30, 2012 | **Photos of today’s Safe December DWI demonstrations.
FCPD DWI Efforts Aim for a Safe December
In an effort to keep December 2012 a safe and festive month for all, Fairfax County Police are stepping up alcohol enforcement and education efforts with extra DWI patrols, sobriety checkpoints and social media messaging. DWI Safe December efforts commenced with a media demonstration highlighting the expert, professional officer training in DWI detection at the agency’s Operations Support Bureau this afternoon.
Last December (2011), officers arrested 372 drunk drivers as a part of their Safe December efforts. Of those, 85 were female and 287 were male. That figure shows a 17 percent increase over 2010’s December DWI arrests. In all, over 3,200 people were arrested for drunk driving in Fairfax County in 2011.
Police urge residents to make their travel plans in advance of holiday parties by designating a sober driver as drunk driving continues to be a serious roadway danger. So far in 2012, 607 drivers have been involved in a reported crash after consuming alcohol; 60 of these drivers were underage at the time of the crash. The majority of the drivers were men; 481. Last December, there were 72 drivers involved in a reported crash after consuming alcohol.
Drivers aren’t the only ones at risk when alcohol is involved; pedestrians need to take precautions as well. Last year, 22 pedestrians were reported struck while walking after consuming alcohol; two of them were underage at the time they were struck.
In addition to additional DWI targeted patrols, motorists should expect to encounter checkpoints across Fairfax County this month as they are an additional deterrent and educational tool. The Public Information Office will post information on their social media sites throughout the month in an effort to remind residents of the dangers and consequences of impaired driving.
“Drunk driving continues to pose a threat to all who drive our roadways,” said Captain Susan Culin, Commander of the Fairfax County Traffic Division. “We want the public to know that it continues to be a serious problem and police are out there targeting reckless, illegal driving behaviors.”
At today’s media event, the police department welcomed partners in the fight against drunk driving from: Washington Regional Alcohol Program,Mothers against Drunk Driving, the Unified Prevention Coalition, and the Fairfax County Oversight Committee on Impaired Driving.