News to Use Podcast Transcript: Oct. 06, 2009
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for October 6, 2009. Coming up, find out how you can share your input on Fairfax County’s 10-year bus plan, be alert to avoid deer/vehicle collisions, and take advantage of the county’s farmers markets before the season ends.
Fairfax County is developing a comprehensive 10-year plan for bus service countywide that includes both Fairfax Connector and Metrobus. To make sure the new plan meets the needs of Fairfax County residents the Fairfax County Department of Transportation is examining current and projected demographic, economic, and land use data; conducting customer and resident surveys; counting ridership and conducting public meetings to hear from county residents about what needs to be done. Residents who would like to share their input on the plan can do so online, by phone, or in writing, by the November 30 deadline. If you’d prefer to share your input in person, consider attending one of several public meetings on the subject, being held throughout October and November. For more information on the plan and how you can provide input, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/tdp.htm.
Fairfax County is conducting an awareness campaign aimed at reducing the number of deer-vehicle collisions in Fairfax County. Deer-vehicle collisions are a serious public safety concern as development continues and the human population grows in Fairfax County. Efforts aimed at public education are geared towards smart driving, wildlife awareness, and improved deer management in Fairfax County.
Driving smart and staying informed improves your chances of avoiding a deer-vehicle collision and staying safe.
Over 48,000 Virginia drivers are projected to file insurance claims for damage sustained as result of a deer-vehicle collision. Virginia is projected to rank fifth in 2009 for all deer/elk/moose claims filed.
Studies show that nearly one in every 136 Virginia drivers will have an accident involving deer in the next 12 months. Almost half of all deer-vehicle collisions are recorded in October and November during deer breeding season. Motorists are urged to drive with extra care at this time of year, to stay safe on the roadways.
The fall harvests are in and there are only a few weeks left to take advantage of fresh local produce, delicious baked goods and much more, at one of Fairfax County’s farmers markets. The markets offer a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers. There are also fresh eggs, baked goods, honey and cider to purchase. Milk and cheese products, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights. For more information on the Fairfax County Farmers Markets go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.