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Friday, October 31, 2014

Police targeting drunk drivers on Halloween

A display at the Spirit of Halloween store in Seven Corners.

Watch out for trick or treaters tonight and be extra careful if you’re heading out to a Halloween party. Seven police agencies from Northern Virginia are teaming up in a collaborative effort to conduct saturation patrols detecting and arresting drunk drivers tonight.

This effort, “Extra Eyes for DWIs,” involves officers and resources from the Fairfax County Police Department, along with the Virginia State Police, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police, U.S. Park Police, Virginia State Police, and the police departments of Falls Church, Vienna, and the City of Fairfax.  

Police from these agencies plan to “saturate the streets in all jurisdictions with law enforcement personnel who will be specifically targeting drunk drivers.”

If alcohol is going to be part of your Halloween celebrations, take a cab or contact SoberRide

The Fairfax County Police is also launching a pedestrian safety education initiative Oct. 31. Officers will distribute fliers with safety information to residents observed crossing streets in violation of safety laws.

Over the past three years, more than 400 pedestrians have been struck and injured in crashes on Fairfax County roadways, the police department reports. Typically, October is the highest month for pedestrian-involved incidents. Capt. Mike Grinnan, commander of the traffic unit, says that’s due to a combination of factors, including Halloween and decreased daylight hours.

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