Memorial Day Safety: Ensuring a Safe and Enjoyable Holiday

Fairfax County, VA – Memorial Day is a time for honoring those who lost their lives in service to our country, spending time with loved ones, and enjoying various festivities. As we approach this holiday, it’s essential to keep safety at the forefront of our minds. FCPD would like to share crucial Memorial Day safety tips to help you have a safe and fun weekend.

For Drivers:

  • Plan Ahead: Expect increased traffic during the holiday weekend. Plan your trips in advance and allow extra travel time to reach your destination safely.
  • Obey Traffic Laws: Adhere to all traffic laws, including speed limits, seatbelt use, and no texting while driving.
  • Designate a Sober Driver: If you plan to consume alcohol, ensure you have a designated sober driver or alternative transportation arranged.
  • Stay Vigilant: Be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists, especially in crowded or popular areas.

Throughout the holiday weekend, expect an increased presence of officers out on our roadways. Last year during Memorial Day weekend, officers issued over 200 citations and made approximately 17 DUI arrests.

For Boaters:

Our Marine Patrol Unit will be actively patrolling waterways to ensure the safety of the boating community.

  • Wear Life Jackets: Ensure everyone on board wears a life jacket and that all necessary safety equipment is available.
  • Avoid Alcohol: Never operate a boat under the influence of alcohol. Stay sober to keep yourself and others safe.

Monitor Conditions: Stay aware of weather conditions and water currents to avoid unexpected dangers.

Sobriety Checkpoint Announcement

A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted on May 25th at the intersection of Ox Road and Clara Barton Road in the Sully Police District. This checkpoint aims to prevent impaired driving and ensure the safety of our community. Please plan ahead and arrange for a sober ride home if needed.

The safety of our community is a collective effort. We encourage community members to stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Lock your vehicle doors and report any suspicious activities to law enforcement immediately.  You can report emergencies by dialing 911, and non-emergency incidents to 703-691-2131.

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