Drunk drivers beware.
A new Fairfax County police unit, aimed at combating drunk driving, is about to hit the road. Starting December 1 eight officers and a supervisor will be on patrol. Their single assignment: stopping and arresting people who are Driving While Impaired.
These officers are not rookies. Over the past seven years each of them has averaged 241 arrests for DWI. Even so, the squad members will receive advanced training in DWI detection, drug recognition, and effective testimony to ensure successful prosecution.
The squad will work 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. in four-day rotations throughout the county. The roads they’ll be on will be chosen based on DWI statistics, citizen requests, and requests from station commanders.
Equipment and salaries for the team are provided by a federal grant, being administered by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. There is minimal cost to the county for vehicle maintenance and fuel.