Driving Through the Braddock District


 Obey the Speed Limit While Driving Through Braddock

We are all busy and often in a hurry. However, speeding and reckless driving are a danger both to ourselves and others. Especially in the summer, when school is out and more people - notably children - are out walking around, we need to be careful while driving so as not to endanger pedestrians.

After citizens complained of unsafe conditions on some streets due to speeding drivers, Fairfax County police, at Supervisor Cook’s request, conducted two enhanced speed enforcement efforts. These involved assigning several squad cars in teams to a designated place for a period of a few days. The squads worked together to identify, flag down, and ticket speeding drivers.

It was a great success. Our first effort, organized during the month of April on Olley Lane near Little River Turnpike, yielded 54 speeding tickets. Our second, from May 17-21 on Wakefield Chapel Road, yielded 49 speeding tickets. Initial reports are that drivers slowed down after these enhanced enforcement efforts. We will continue to monitor these streets, with citizen help, to see if the slower speeds remain.

Captain Ferguson of the West Springfield police district and Paul Anderson, the VDOT Liason for the Fairfax County Police, remain committed to working with us to slow down speeding drivers. We will continue to conduct random, enhanced enforcement efforts at locations identified by citizens as unsafe due to speeding drivers. Those who speed and are caught will be ticketed. Enhanced enforcement efforts could occur at any place and any time, and will never be announced in advance.

Enhanced speed enforcement is for our safety. We don’t need any more tragedies on our roads. So, slow down, enjoy the scenery, don’t get ticketed, and be a part of our Braddock-wide effort to keep our neighborhoods safe.

 

Zoning Tip of the Month: Parking Violations

Our office has received several calls on the topic of how to report parking violations. According to Lt. Randy Joyce, Assistant Commander, West Springfield District Station, citizens should not contact the district stations to report parking violations that are in-progress. Instead, the best way to report any parking violation is to contact the police communications center via the non-emergency phone number, 703-691-2131. Once reported, an officer will be dispatched to handle the parking violation.

You can also call the Parking Enforcement Section at 703-280-0636. However, they are better equipped to handle long term issues, non-immediate violations or those violations that occur on private property. The Parking Enforcement Section is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and they do not dispatch from that office.

For those of you with web access, Fairfax County has a great site that explains parking restrictions. Please visit: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/parking_restrictions.htm.

If you do not have web access, please call our office at 703-425-9300 and we will be happy to answer parking related questions for you.


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