Fairfax County Young Drivers Summit


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

May 20, 2005

 

Fairfax County Young Drivers Summit
Will Be Held on Friday, June 3

On Friday, June 3, students, educators, parents, law enforcement representatives, traffic safety experts and county officials will converge on the Fairfax County Government Center to discuss ways to decrease the number of deaths for drivers under the age of 21. The participants of the Young Drivers Summit, sponsored by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, will brainstorm how to create safer drivers and safer roads.

In 2004, young drivers accounted for 24 percent of the county’s vehicle crash deaths. Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly has listed 10 areas where swift action may make a difference, including transforming the school driver education programs, encouraging parental agreements before teens get their learner’s permits and licenses, revoking school parking privileges for traffic violations in the community and increasing DWI checkpoints.

After hearing from keynote speakers and crash survivors, participants of the summit will join one of five groups to expand on these issues and develop new ideas. The groups are:

  • Legislation
  • Student Involvement and Perceptions
  • Schools and Prevention: Driving Education
  • Parents and Community: Roles, Responsibilities and Involvement
  • Enforcement and Suppression: Courts and Police

“Fairfax County has seen the numbers of young driving-related deaths gradually increase over the past couple of years,” said Connolly. “This summit will give us the opportunity to hear from hundreds of county residents on what is being done right and what we can improve on. We want to hear from the young drivers themselves, in addition to driver education teachers, parents, police officers and other experts, on how to reverse this trend.”

The summit, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, is open to members of the public and the media. However, because of space limitations, those interested in participating or covering the event are requested to register online by Friday, May 27. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/summitreg.htm to register. For more information or reasonable ADA accommodations, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

FAIRFAX COUNTY IS COMMITTED TO A POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION IN ALL COUNTY PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES AND WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS UPON REQUEST. TO REQUEST SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS, CALL 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935. PLEASE ALLOW FIVE WORKING DAYS IN ADVANCE OF EVENTS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS.

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