Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Apr. 2, 2014



Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast. I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about distracted driving, public safety telecommunications week and a new way to stay informed about police news and events. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at


In recognition that April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Fairfax County Police Department held its first-ever distracted driver training session for county police officers. This will increase officer awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and underscore the importance of enforcement. In Fairfax County, there were 1,060 crashes attributable to distracted driving in 2011; 1,128 in 2012 and 1,175 in 2013. Despite ongoing efforts in enforcement and education, some intersections in Fairfax County show steep increases in crashes due to distracted driving. The top five locations in 2013 were: Colvin Run Road/Leesburg Pike; Georgetown Pike/Leesburg Pike; Leesburg Pike/Lewinsville Road; Fairfax County Parkway/Sunrise Valley Drive; and Franconia Road/South Van Dorn Street.  Urge those you care about to:

  • Stop using cellphones while driving.

  • Understand the dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain.

  • Tell others about the dangers of cellphone distracted driving.

For more information on the issue of distracted driving, visit or


The week of April 13-19 is Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Fairfax County, as proclaimed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. This week also is a nationally recognized time for residents to show their appreciation for professionals in the field of public safety communications. Fairfax County’s public safety telecommunicators are part of the Department of Public Safety Communications – the county’s 9-1-1 Center. It is the largest such center in Virginia and one of the 50 largest 9-1-1 Centers in the country. Public safety communicators work tirelessly to ensure that when others need help, someone answers the call. The call takers at the Fairfax County 9-1-1 Call Center answer approximately 2,200 calls for assistance daily and 830,000 calls annually from the public, both 9-1-1 and non-emergency. If you would like to show your support, make plans to attend this year’s 9th Annual DPSC Telecommunicator's Awards Ceremony. Awards will be presented to employees based on recognition from their peers and supervisors for outstanding performance over the past year. The ceremony is Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. Congratulations to Fairfax County’s 9-1-1 Center staff during Public Safety Telecommunicators Week – and thanks for all you do as “the first of the first responders” working 24/7, 365 days a year.


Keep Fairfax County safe and stay updated on the latest public safety information with a new online tool from the Fairfax County Police Department. The FCPD News blog replaces the traditional news release. Starting April 1, the agency no longer emails news releases; all information will be posted on the new, easy-to-read blog. You can subscribe to the blog at All releases also will immediately be pushed to the agency’s Twitter feed at


And speaking of staying connected… download Fairfax County’s mobile app to your smartphone and stay informed of all the latest county news and information. Get the app today at That’s The mobile app includes NewsWire, your comprehensive county news source, offering the news that's important to you and your community. In addition to the mobile app, NewsWire also is available via Twitter, email and RSS. Learn more and subscribe at And while you’re online, be sure to subscribe by email to the emergency information blog at

That’s it for this edition of the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast, produced by the Fairfax County, Va., Government. Thanks for listening. Additional information about health and safety topics and emergency preparedness may be found online at And remember, if you have a police, fire or medical emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency needs, call 703-691-2131.

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