Media Advisory: Encouraging Teens to Take the Pledge #PhonesDownTouchDown

Officers from the Traffic Division will speak to teens about the dangers of distracted driving at this week’s Student Advisory Committee Meeting, hosted at Woodson High School. Student delegations from the county’s 25 high schools will be in attendance.

Crash Reconstruction Detective Justin Grimm will explain the dynamics of a 2013 fatal pedestrian crash; Captain Bob Blakley, Traffic Division Commander, and MPO Brian Buckholtz, of Traffic Safety Services, will discuss laws and statistics pertaining to teenagers and distracted driving as they encourage Student Advisory Committee members to take the #PhonesDownTouchDown pledge to stop distracted driving.

In Fairfax County, in 2016, an estimated 571 crashes involving drivers 15 to 19 years old were attributed to various distracted driving actions. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, drivers 15 to 19 have the largest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes.

Members of the media are invited to attend the presentation:

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WHAT: Fairfax County Student Advisory Committee Meeting, FCPD Distracted Driving presentation

WHEN: Thursday, February 9, 11 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Woodson High School, 9525 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031 (Media must check in at the main office)

CONTACT: PIO Tawny Wright, Media Relations Bureau, 703-246-4280

*Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 8