FAIRFAX, Virginia — Nearly 15,000 drivers have been stopped, warned or ticketed in Fairfax County since the police department launched its "Road Shark Campaign" in March. Now, FCPD will launch the fourth and final stage of the safe driving initiative on Monday.
Throughout the campaign there has been an increase in patrolling, traffic stops, and public awareness initiatives. Officers have also ticketed and warned thousands of drivers engaging in speeding, hands-free violations, and highway sign violations.
During the previous wave, officers issued almost 6,000 citations and warnings over the course of six days. That was up from the 5,025 citations and warnings issued in the second wave and 3,776 given out in the first phase. Of the nearly 14, 639 total citations/warnings, 650 have been for reckless driving.
The department hopes that these warnings will help decrease the amount of fatalities in the county.
"Over the past couple of years, the fatalities related to traffic crash, the numbers are simply too high," Lt. James Curry with the FCPD said. "We want to make it zero."
And while the initiative has seen progress since its rollout, Curry emphasized the problem won't disappear unless the individual drivers also have to be willing to take that next step.
"Sadly only a couple of weeks ago we did see the tragic incident on Burke Center Parkway and that's what we want to avoid," Curry said. "We don't want to have any family go through what that family is going through right now."
To ensure that drivers get home safely, the police will continue their 'Road Shark Campaign' until Aug. 6.
"Our commitment to safeguarding lives on our roads goes beyond issuing citations but emphasizes education to create a culture of responsible driving habits," FCPD authorities said.
The department hopes to bring the campaign back at a later date.
For more on this and other traffic safety initiatives in Fairfax County, click here.
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