Supervisor Cook and Fairfax County Police Join on Road Safety Initiatives

 Combating Speeding and Unsafe Driving in Our Neighborhoods
Supervisor Cook Teams up with McGruff the Crime Dog and Fairfax County Police Department to Raise Drivers' Awareness as the School Year Begins

Fairfax - This morning Supervisor Cook joined "McGruff" the Crime Dog and Officer J.T. Frey of the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) at Laurel Ridge Elementary School in Kings Park West to welcome students and parents as they were walking to school and to remind folks of the importance of driving safe and alert in our neighborhoods. Today's outreach effort, in support of the Police Department's Operation Blue Guardian, is part of Supervisor Cook's ongoing campaign to combat speeding and unsafe driving in our communities.

"I have heard a high level of concern and anxiety from residents regarding unsafe driving through their neighborhoods," said Supervisor Cook. "It is clearly an issue that deserves our full attention and requires especially heightened awareness now that our kids are back out walking to school." With our children returning to school, FCPD and Supervisor Cook are ramping up efforts to tell
drivers to slow down on neighborhood streets.

He added, "When our streets become raceways, people become hesitant to walk down the sidewalk, ride their bikes, or let their children play in the front yard, and that's just unacceptable."

Supervisor Cook has been pushing his anti-speeding campaign at the Board of Supervisors since he first introduced a board matter during the Board's June 19 meeting. It was passed unanimously and directed County staff to begin to develop a plan that focuses on addressing neighborhood traffic and safety concerns, particularly speeding. Momentum is building as the Board's carryover package is expected to contain $200,000 for traffic calming measures and to direct staff to prepare a brief for the Board later this Fall on implementing additional pieces of Supervisor Cook's proposal.




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