Fairfax Police Target Underage Drinking & Driving in Public Forums

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SPRINGFIELD, Va. (CBSDC) – In an effort to curb drinking and driving from its community’s youth, police in Fairfax County are hosting a series of public forums designed to give residents an opportunity to voice their concerns on the issue.

Last week the Fairfax County Police Department kicked off a series of five community forums. Having already reached West Springfield and Alexandria, police still have meetings planned for McLean, Chantilly and Annandale.

The forums allow residents to speak openly to police officers and to each other about their concerns with drinking and driving by youths between the ages of 15 and 24 in their community, an age group that contributes to a consistently large percentage of crashes each year.

Police say 1,900 of the motor vehicle crashes in Fairfax County between 2006 and 2011 involved alcohol impairment by drivers that fall within this age demographic.

Part of the reason for police calling this meeting is to make sure they are on the same page as parents of children/adults of this age group. Police say one incident recently involved four boys between the ages of 15 and 16, all in possession of alcohol.

On Sept. 29, officers observed a 16-year-old vomiting in the parking garage at Kingstowne Towne Center around 8:30 p.m. The officers had him transported to a hospital where he was treated for overconsumption of alcohol. The three boys he was with were also intoxicated and changed with underage possession of alcohol – one also with possession of marijuana.

All future forums are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 9 – McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. in McLean
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Sully Police District Station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17 – Annandale High School, 4700 Medford Drive in Annandale
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