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Police to Crack Down on Aggressive Driving

Fairfax County Police Department's campaign Operation Summer HEAT will target aggressive drivers during the next three months

Fairfax County Police will be cracking down on aggressive driving this summer.

The new safety campaign Operation Summer HEAT (Help Eliminate Aggressive Driving) will run from Friday through Sept. 3, according to a Fairfax County Police Department press release. Officers will be specifically looking for violations such as reckless driving, speeding, improper passing, failure to obey stop lights and signs and following too closely.

“Clearly, motorists in Fairfax County have very busy lives and are often frustrated with heavy traffic,” Capt. Susan Culin, commander of the Traffic Division, said.

The program will have three segments with major enforcement waves in June, July and August. Some police cruisers will also have Summer HEAT magnets on them to remind drivers to practice safe driving habits.

This program is being instituted after a rise in the number of tickets written for safety violations between 2010 and 2011. In 2011, 142,263 drivers were cited for traffic safety violations, a 1,621 ticket increase from the previous year.

If convicted, demerit points remained on a driver’s DMV record. Improper passing, failure to obey lights and signs and improper passing warrant three demerit points. Following too closely earns four demerit points, which remains on a driving record for three years, and reckless driving can earn up to six points.

“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,” Culin said.

Sally Spangler June 16, 2012 at 02:34 PM
It would be very nice if people in the left lane not drive as if in a funeral convoy. It would be even better if the drivers everywhere would not drive in extreme excess of the usual top speed limit of 55mph. It would be outstanding if drivers would stay awake at stop lights and when light turns green immediately begin to go on, instead of whatever it is that deters them from driving and sit thru half of the time allowed for the green light. The strange people who are stopped at the red light and then turn left from that place when the light turns green. It would be nice if you want people to watch how they drive by putting live police in moving police cars to keep US 95 drivers below 70 mph.
Elayne June 16, 2012 at 07:39 PM
It happened to us today on Lorton Rd coming from Ox road towards Lorton Valley Subdivision. An aggressive women driver tailgating as if to push us along to go fast down the winding road. Bycylest were on the two lane road today as the weather was beautiful. You get these aggressive tailgaters driving on Lorton road all day long ..She thought she was going to intimidate us if anything she had to suck it up we did the speed LIMIT. Most Tailgaters are stupid or aggressive...please crack down...hey lots of extra revenue for fairfax county :)
Cornelius J Crakkamakka June 17, 2012 at 12:38 AM
OK, what's with the intentionally WRONG acronym? Should not "Help Eliminate Aggressive Driving" be HEAD? Rather than HEAT? Is anyone really going to think that the FCP is offering "adult services" if the proper acronym is used? Perhaps some other name for this worthwhile endeavor should have been devised. This current scheme just insults anyone of even average intelligence and draws attention to its own obvious defect. Did you really think no one would ask this? We'd just accept what you say (HEAT) at face value like you are some kind of authority? Not authorities on spelling, obviously. PS: moved here from NYC 14 years ago, y'all drive stupid.
T Ailshire June 17, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I think the real aggressive drivers are those who think the blinker is magic wand -- that I should reward their lack of planning by disrupting the smooth flow of traffic to let them in. Nearly every trip I take on US1 brings one of those who is a real danger to traffic.
Sally Spangler June 17, 2012 at 01:56 PM
What blinker? The real aggressive drivers do not use a turn signal! The see a place that want to be and go there, one or more lanes over from the one they are in. The silly drivers at stop lights are the ones whose cars stop at least the length of their cars behind the stop line. In fear of being hit from behind by the car that until a minute or so came to a stop behind them so that the second car's hood is not visible to the car in front of them? Hmm - Has anyone read the driver's manual on line yet? If not, they might see if there are any new rules for driving or for keeping a baby or toddler safe while they go speeding in traffic? I see, just about every time I am driving young children whose heads are almost not visible in the passenger side front seat and not belted down. Maybe they need to read and heed the driver's manual. Hmm - what about the drivers who do not belt themselves in? Interesting what happens to those who feel they are safe drivers and erked by seat belts. Air bags can be dangerous to an unbelted driver. Pets loose in a speeding car. Another problem. Passengers sitting on the edge of an open truck - a set of rag dolls if the driver has to stop quickly, or worse yet, is himself in an accident? for T Alshire - What would you have to say/think if you are the person who discovers that you need to be in the right lane for the next exit coming too quickly. blankity-blank to the car beside you who closes up so that you can't get in to exit!
Terry June 17, 2012 at 02:08 PM
How about the "red light sleepers"? You all have seen them, the ones that are at the front of a red light line of cars. Once the light turns green they will sit there still for up to 7 seconds.! Until people beep their horns does that "red light sleeper" move.
Patricia Hart June 17, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I'm always pleasantly surprised when another driver recognizes my blinker and politely allows me to move into their lane on rt 1. It's often tricky to merge from #235 onto rt 1 especially if it's necessary to make a left hand turn right away (at the old Multiplex or Walmart) or if you don't want to get stuck behind a Rex bus in the right lane or trapped in the line of traffic turning onto Sherwood Hall. And have you ever had to guess if someone is going to make a U-Turn at the #235 light right when you're ready to pull out? Some drivers need to get rid of that mind set that others are trying to best them on the road and show more consideration.
DAVE June 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM
RULES OF THE ROAD 101 1. Just because your blinker is on does not mean I have to slam on my brakes to let you in. If you can't plan your route any better then you deserve to miss your turn. 2. HANG UP YOUR DARN CELLPHONE AND DRIVE 3. If you are afraid to go 1 mph over the speed limit get the *(&^(*&^&*( in the right lane 4. If it ever comes down to me or you I hope your life insurance is paid (Morningside Drivers I'm talking to you). 5. You have a house..Please play with your kids there not from the front seat of your car. 6. Just because you are a bicyclist or pedestrian does not mean you have a force field that makes my 2 ton SUV stop on a dime. I have no problem using you as a speed bump and won't lose a wink of sleep over it. 7. If you are lost, confused, drunk, high, or just plain stupid can you please do it on the side of the road and not in the middle of a lane. 8. Anyone who believes this little crackdown by the popo is nothing more than a scam is living in la-la land.
Elayne June 18, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Hey dumb Dave.. Number 6 will get you tossed in the hoos-gow angry man.and then you cant do number 5 play with your kids. You are certainly right about 2. .. That is the worst offense.
DAVE June 18, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Bicyclists disobeying the law and pedestrian jaywalkers being hit by a car will not get me tossed in jail, it will get them put in the hospital. When bicyclists are FORCED to follow the same laws of the road that I do then I'll give them some consideration. Can't tell you how many bicyclists I see on a daily basis running red lights, swerving in and out of traffic, etc. The one's I love are the one's on the Parkway who ignore the "NO BICYCLE" SIGNs. And, I forgot one which is my absolute favorite around here: 9. There is a left lane and a right lane. Please make your RIGHT turn from the RIGHT lane and your LEFT turn from the LEFT lane. You also don't have to creep into the opposite lane to make the turn.
Sally Spangler June 18, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Ah Dave - You are not the law. You are angry because you THINK YOU ARE! The rules of the state of Virginia are in the drivers handbook. Get a copy and make sure you follow them. Your SUV is not a 70 ton Abrams tank. It is only a CAR! A transportation vehicle. If you hurt or kill a fellow driver or a cyclist or a pedestrian who is from another country where the streets are one way (8 or maybe even 6 feet from curb to curb) they do not pay attention to American rules of the road. The only ones they know are what they did in their homeland. Until the police make sure that the VIRGNIA rules of the road are thoroughly known to them and followed. Right now on US 1 there is a blinking sign for American drivers to look out for pedestrians (especially the women with a child in a carriage and at least one other child running beside its mother crossing 4 lanes of traffic in the middle of the block and no stop lights anywhere in the immediate vicinity of the pedestrians! Get with it man - you are behind what is really going on. The immigration of the poorer parts of the North American Continent!!!! You are also not in charge of the rules of the road. Your SUV does not have the right of way!
DAVE June 18, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Sally, get back on the medication and get lucid before you begin your ramblings and ethnic stereotypes. I never mention ethnicity or race. If YOU could read and comprehend I simply said bicyclists and pedestrians do not have the god given right to pick and choose which traffic laws they can and cannot obey and if they are not obeying the law and get run over then too bad, so sad. I was involved in an accident last week because someone "thought" it would be okay to make a left turn from the right lane without a signal or slowing down. So I suppose that was my fault? So you can take your DMV booklet and use it for toilet paper because it isn't based in reality.
Sally Spangler June 18, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Grin: Get back on the meds? Tsk, Tsk! My DMV booklet? Sorry but the paper is rather thick and would be difficult to use. However, you live in Annandale. Maybe you don't have the multiplicity of people that we have along the US 1 corridor. I didn't mention ethnicity or race. You seem to understand what I posted, however. Coffee at Starbucks sometime? Love to and discuss the traffic as I see it, daily. I suspect you don't drive in the same area and I nor for as long. Ah welllllll - such is the way things are today. I repeat one thing, your SUV is not a 70- ton Abrams Tank. Injuring or killing with your car is a crime. Someone may have said it is not, but it is. What I said, I meant. It stands. Sorry to disappoint you, my mind is sharp. If you feel sane enough to meet me for coffee. I would like that. I have a corrolla sorta silver or maybe gray. I drove in California for a number of years. Those years I had a VW bug. Where my front wheels fitted was reason enough to occupy the space. Grin - Sally
Kevin O'Rourke June 20, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Make me a speed bump you whinner. You never come on here with constructive comments. All you do is belittle people like your somebody. However I think you are not, that is why you're so angry. Check all of Daves comments by clicking on his name. Last name ommited for obvious reasons.
Kevin O'Rourke June 20, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Go Sally!

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