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.”