#SquadGoals – Fairfax County Unveils DWI Enforcement Squad

#SquadGoals – Fairfax County Unveils DWI Enforcement Squad

Fairfax County Police aren’t playing around when it comes to driving under the influence. In a post made to their Facebook Page, FFX County police unveiled a dedicated DWI enforcement squad. In the post shared on November 30th, 2016, the police wrote:

Introducing Our New DWI Enforcement Squad

Starting December 1, we will introduce a newly formed, nine-officer squad, to combat drunk driving throughout the county. The main goal of this unit is to reduce impaired-related crashes through aggressive enforcement and prosecution of driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated (DWI) cases. The squad consists of eight officers and one supervisor who have demonstrated a tremendous commitment to highway safety through their enforcement efforts. The officers chosen averaged an outstanding total 241 DWI arrests for the past seven years. It is our hope that the squad’s extensive experience and passion for DWI enforcement will continue to enhance the safety of our motoring public.

The squad will work 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. in four-day rotations throughout the county. Their assignments will be based on statistical data, citizen requests, and requests from station commanders, etc. The officers on the squad are assigned to the Traffic Division of the Operations Support Bureau. Squad members will receive advanced training in DWI detection, drug recognition, and effective testimony to ensure successful prosecution.

The squad’s equipment and salaries 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.

And in case you were wondering what constitutes a DWI / DUI in Virginia, here’s the Virginia law on driving under the influence:

§ 18.2-266. Driving motor vehicle, engine, etc., while intoxicated, etc.

It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate any motor vehicle, engine or train (i) while such person has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more by weight by volume or 0.08 grams or more per 210 liters of breath as indicated by a chemical test administered as provided in this article, (ii) while such person is under the influence of alcohol, (iii) while such person is under the influence of any narcotic drug or any other self-administered intoxicant or drug of whatsoever nature, or any combination of such drugs, to a degree which impairs his ability to drive or operate any motor vehicle, engine or train safely, (iv) while such person is under the combined influence of alcohol and any drug or drugs to a degree which impairs his ability to drive or operate any motor vehicle, engine or train safely, or (v) while such person has a blood concentration of any of the following substances at a level that is equal to or greater than: (a) 0.02 milligrams of cocaine per liter of blood, (b) 0.1 milligrams of methamphetamine per liter of blood, (c) 0.01 milligrams of phencyclidine per liter of blood, or (d) 0.1 milligrams of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine per liter of blood. A charge alleging a violation of this section shall support a conviction under clauses (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), or (v).

For the purposes of this article, the term “motor vehicle” includes mopeds, while operated on the public highways of this Commonwealth.

Code 1950, § 18.1-54; 1960, c. 358; 1975, cc. 14, 15; 1977, c. 637; 1984, c. 666; 1986, c. 635; 1987, c. 661; 1992, c. 830; 1994, cc. 359, 363; 1996, c. 439; 2005, cc. 616, 845.

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