Fairfax Families for Safe Streets, along with the Coalition for Smarter Growth and the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling, requested VDOT’s help in addressing an area of Leesburg Pike in Mason District that has recently claimed another pedestrian fatality. This corridor is well known for being one of the most hazardous corridors for pedestrians in Fairfax County. The organizations conducted an analysis…

Winter is headed our way, along with holidays and inclement weather. It’s time to double down on our efforts and ensure that our streets are safe for us all, regardless of how we get to where we’re going. Check out our Fall Newsletter about recent accomplishments and activities with Fairfax FSS.

Fairfax Families for Safe Streets signed onto a letter of support thanking the Fairfax Board of Supervisors for resolution unanimously approved at the October 5 Board meeting that calls for expediting funding and implementation of much needed pedestrian and bicyclist safety improvements in the County.

Did you know that distracted driving accounts for more than 30% of vehicle crashes? On July 8, Virginia strengthened its driver safety laws by banning hand-held cellphone use while driving. We are now a handsfree state!  AFSS was honored to attend the virtual bill signing today held by Governor Northam, and to have helped advocate for the new law, which takes effect January 1, 2021.  Congratulations to the bills sponsors, Janet Brookings of Drive Smart Virginia, and Senators Scott Surovell and Jeff Bourne, for making our streets safer with a very important piece of legislation!  

Virginia law now requires drivers to stop for pedestrians instead of just yielding. Drivers, you must come to a full stop for pedestrians in any marked and unmarked crosswalks, and remain stopped until the pedestrian passes your lane. When a vehicle is stopped at a crosswalk, the driver of any other approaching vehicle may not pass the stopped vehicle  For more information, click here