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Sheriff’s Office Announces Safety Seat Saturday

Sheriff’s Office Announces Safety Seat Saturday

From Fairfax County Sheriff's Office:

The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a new program called “Safety Seat Saturday.” In an effort to better serve the needs of the community, the Sheriff’s Office will be holding a child safety seat installation and inspection on one Saturday each month.  The first “Safety Seat Saturday” event is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfax County Public Safety Center – Public Parking Garage located at 10550 Page Avenue in Fairfax.  This service is free and no appointment is necessary. Just bring your vehicle and safety seat. If your kid (s) is available, bring him or her too.

Tire Safety Demonstration in Fairfax County: See What Happens When Your Tires Are Gasping For Air!

Tire Safety Demonstration in Fairfax County: See What Happens When Your Tires Are Gasping For Air!

From Lyon's PR:

A new tire industry survey shows that 85% of U.S. drivers do not know how to properly check their tire pressure.  And without knowing these simple steps, it’s costing them money at the gas pump and putting safety at risk.

With summer travelers about to hit the road and facing fuel prices pushing near record highs, there’s no better time to learn the simple and easy tire care tips to save money and help stay safe on the road. 

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and AAA are teaming up in time for National Tire Safety Week (June 5-11) to help educate drivers about tire care.  With the help of Fairfax County police driving instructors, you will be able to see how under inflated tires can affect vehicle handling, potentially putting drivers at risk of a crash.

Police Promote Efforts to Increase Seatbelt Use

Police Promote Efforts to Increase Seatbelt Use

From Fairfax County Police Department:

One in five Virginians fail to wear their safety belt regularly when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. That is why Fairfax County is joining with DRIVE SMART Virginia, the Virginia Highway Safety Office, and fellow law enforcement agencies to reinforce the importance of buckling up on every ride, every time. Preliminary data from Virginia Highway Safety Office indicates there were a total of 821 fatalities on Virginia roadways for 2008. Of those, 631 of the fatalities occurred in vehicles equipped with seatbelts and 342 or 54% were not wearing those seatbelts.

Research shows that seat belts reduce severity of injury and when worn correctly, they reduce the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by half. Excessive speed is not always a factor; most crashes causing death or injury occur at speeds below 40 miles per hour.

Fairfax County Rides on Bike to Work Day 2011 is Tomorrow

Fairfax County Rides on Bike to Work Day 2011 is Tomorrow

From Fairfax County:

 

May is National Bike Month and Friday, May 20 is Bike to Work Day. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA), and local governments including Fairfax County will host one of the nation’s largest Bike to Work Day events. The annual event is held every spring to increase awareness and expose people to the benefits of bicycling to work, and to the market, the library, the café, the book store, the bike shop…basically everywhere!

This year, there are 49 pits stops around the region. Nine pit stops will be set up throughout Fairfax County:

Reston Town Center (at the intersection of Discovery Street and Market Street)

Vienna (at the Vienna Town Green on the W&OD)

Fairfax City at Van Dyck Park

Fairfax Corner (in the plaza opposite Coastal Flats)

Tysons Corner (at Booz Allen Hamilton, 8283 Greensboro Drive)

Ways to Save at the Pump

Ways to Save at the Pump

From Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs:

The rising cost of gas can really put an extra strain on your budget. The Fairfax County Department of Vehicle Services encourages residents to try some of these fuel saving strategies to help offset the high price at the pump.

1. Slow down on highways

Most vehicles reach peak fuel efficiency at speeds between 45 and 55 miles per hour. According to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) figures, you lose 7 to 23 percent of fuel efficiency for every five miles per hour in excess of 60 MPH. Some drivers might save a gallon of gas a week this way.

2. Keep calm and close the windows

Spend It Like It’s Your Own

Spend It Like It’s Your Own

You may have heard that tempers are flaring over the planned metro station at Dulles. According to news reports, the board at Dulles International Airport stands behind its decision to build an underground station because it would be more 1) convenient for travelers, and 2) attractive than an above ground station.

So, it behooves us to ask about the degree of perceived inconvenience. How would using an above ground metro station compare with:

Reagan National and Dulles Announce Free WiFi

Reagan National and Dulles Announce Free WiFi

From MWAA:

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is pleased to announce that wireless internet service is now free at Reagan National and Dulles International Airports. Customers on the go can enjoy a convenient connection from their wireless-enabled laptops or mobile devices. Previously, an access fee was charged to individuals who did not have a subscription with a major wireless carrier. Now, all users who select the Airport’s new free WiFi network can connect to the internet for free.

 

            Airport                          Name of Free WiFi network