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Five Community Forums on Drinking and Driving by Our Youth and Young Adults

Set for October


            Be part of the conversation. Residents are encouraged to discuss drinking and driving at one of five community forums set for October. The events, co-sponsored by the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) and the FCPD, are part of an effort to curb alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes involving youth and young adults.

             From 2006 to 2011, Fairfax County had more than 1,900 motor vehicle crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers ages 15 to 24. At each forum, to be facilitated by George Mason University, crash data will be shared, and those attending will be asked what they think are the primary causes of these motor vehicle crashes. The forums are designed for adults 18 and older. . Collaborating with UPC in hosting the forums are the Fairfax County Police Department, Annandale and West Potomac High Schools, and Safe Community Coalition.

             The goal is for county officials and police to learn more about community perceptions related to underage drinking, binge drinking, and drinking and driving as well as enforcement of the drinking laws.

The forums will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m., except where noted:

          Tuesday, Oct. 2              West Potomac High School (Kogelman Theatre)

          Wednesday, Oct. 3        West Springfield Government Center * begins at 7:30 p.m.

          Tuesday, Oct.  9             McLean Community Center (Community Room)

          Tuesday, Oct. 16             Sully Governmental Center

          Wednesday, Oct. 17       Annandale High School (Clausen Hall)

Photo depicts actual crash in which 21-year-old driver, returning from professional sports event lost control and wrecked. Speed and alcohol were found to be factors in the crash. Both driver and occupant were badly injured, but survived the crash.

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