During the month of July, officers from the Sully District Station will be conducting Operation RAID (Reduce Aggressive and Impaired Driving). The Route 28 and Route 29 corridors will be the primary targets, along with surrounding secondary roads. The focus of the enforcement effort will be to identify and apprehend drivers who are impaired or driving aggressively. Additional traffic violations such as speeding, improper passing and failure to obey highway signs and signals will also be a top priority.
According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Authority (NHSTA), The 100 days of summer represent one of the most dangerous and deadly times of the year on the Nations highways. One of the main reasons for this is the significant increase in alcohol-related traffic crashes and fatalities. Increased alcohol consumption throughout the summer, particularly around major holidays, has made the 100 days of summer a very grim season for law enforcement, emergency medical staff, highway safety officials, and most importantly the friends and families of those involved.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Police Department take the issue of aggressive and impaired driving very seriously. We want everyone who shares the roads in Fairfax County to feel safe and secure in the knowledge that officers are out in force, identifying and apprehending unsafe drivers.
The public can do their part by following a few simple safety tips:
- Use a designated driver
- If drinking alcohol, dont even think about driving
- If you have been drinking alcohol, ask a sober friend for a ride home
- Use mass transit
- Call a cab
- Ask someone to come pick you up
- Always remember to wear your seat belt