Fairfax County police target drunk drivers

Fairfax DUI cruiser

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.

Fairfax County DWI cruiser

Fairfax County DWI cruiser ready to roll.
Photo: FCPD

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.



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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.