Update on FCPD Summer HEAT Traffic Safety Effort
Fairfax County Police Department
Public Information Office
4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Va. 22030
703-246-2253. TTY 703-204-2264. Fax 703-246-4253
News Release: July 11, 2012
UPDATE on FCPD Summer HEAT
Traffic Safety Effort
Fairfax County Police are putting the heat on aggressive drivers. Since the traffic safety summer HEAT (Help Eliminate Aggressive Traffic) program began on June 15, officers have issued over 2,000 summonses for unsafe, aggressive driving behaviors.
These include such violations as failure to pay full time and attention, texting while operating a vehicle, having a television visible to a driver and wearing earphones while driving.
Specifically, there were 284 citations issued for improper passing, lane changes, u-turns or turns at intersections. There were 370 drivers who were ticketed for driving on a revoked or suspended driver’s license. There were 71 citations issued to pedestrians, too for pedestrian-related violations. Over 550 citations were issued for child restraint or seatbelt violations. Hundreds of other motorists were ticketed for driving through and over safety zones, following too closely and signaling violations.
The safety effort will continue through August. Police urge motorists to slow down, drive courteously, and be patient with fellow-motorists throughout the summertime heat. “Aggressive driving leads to crashes, causing more traffic congestion, delays and even hotter tempers,” said Commander Susan Culin, Captain of the Traffic Division, “We’re hoping this safety effort will help encourage everyone to slow down, pay attention, and cool off a bit.”
FCPD Announces Summer HEAT
Fairfax County Police are adding a little bit of heat to summer 2012 as they enact their new traffic safety campaign targeting unsafe aggressive, driving behaviors. Operation Summer HEAT (Help Eliminate Aggressive Traffic) kicks off June 15 and runs through September 3, 2012.
Officers will target moving violations such as reckless driving, speeding, improper passing, disregarding signs and lights, following too closely, and failing to yield right of way in an effort to help make county roadways safer.
In 2011, officers cited 142,263 drivers for traffic safety violations in these categories, an increase of 1,621 over 2010. “Clearly, motorists in Fairfax County have very busy lives and are often frustrated with heavy traffic. Just one fender bender caused by an aggressive driver makes a difficult situation even worse; we’re trying to do something about this ongoing problem,” said Captain Susan Culin, Commander of the Traffic Division.
Statistics show an increase in such unsafe violations as disregarding stop signs; from 4,484 in 2011 up from 3,919 in 2010. Reckless driving went from 2,788 up to 2,863. So far in 2012, officers have issued 11,906 speeding citations.
The Summer HEAT program involves three major enforcement waves in June, July and August. Many officers will place Summer HEAT car magnets on their cruisers in an effort to remind the public of this campaign and to be mindful of safe, careful driving this summer.
“We’re hoping drivers will make safe driving a habit,” said Captain Culin. For more information about the Summer HEAT program, contact the Public Information Office.