In 2019, the Prince William County Police Department will continue efforts to ensure traffic safety awareness remains a priority. In the past, the Police Department has posted several messages related to traffic safety and traffic alerts in the County on social media platforms. These posts varied from driver and pedestrian safety tips to active traffic incidents to campaign and checkpoint enforcement efforts. In 2018 alone, the Police Department posted approximately 356 of these messages to social media (Facebook and Twitter). The Police Department also utilized Instagram and posted approximately 61 visual messages on that platform alone in 2018. In addition to social media, the Department in 2018 issued 11 news releases on traffic safety to the public and media.
Ongoing Regional Traffic Safety Campaigns
The Prince William County Police Department takes part in several regional traffic safety campaigns throughout the year, in addition to, routine traffic enforcement efforts. These campaigns center on specific enforcement of laws enacted to save lives. With each campaign, the Department issues a news release announcing the campaign dates and the goal the campaign is seeking to achieve. Social media posts are then completed throughout the campaign to continue the educational element for the public. The campaigns participated in include:
- Click it or Ticket – this campaign is particularly aimed at increasing the use of seat belts among young people in the United States. The campaign relies heavily on targeted advertising aimed at teens and young adults. [Usually in the months of May and November]
- Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over/Checkpoint Strike Force – focuses on law enforcement and their goal to stop drunk drivers. The campaign highlights a constant police presence searching for drunk drivers as a way of deterring people from drinking and driving. [Usually in the months of August and December]
- Street Smart – seeks to protect vulnerable road users by raising awareness about pedestrian and bicycle safety. The region-wide public safety campaign educates drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists on about safe use of roadways in the area. [Usually in the months of April and November]
In addition to the above campaigns, the Police Department also holds specific County-related traffic safety efforts around the beginning of each school year in school zones to educate drivers that school is back in session and to take necessary enforcement action for the safety of students. With regard to DUI safety, the Police Department also announces DUI related checkpoints in advance in an effort to deter drunk driving by encouraging sober driving or having a designated driver. Around the holidays throughout the year, the Department partners with and shares information on regional programs options such as the Washington Regional Alcohol Program's SoberRide.
Reporting Community Traffic Complaints
The Police Department offers a variety of different ways members of the community can report traffic concerns. Once a complaint is received, it is forwarded to the Traffic Unit and, depending on the complaint, the respective District administrative staff for further review and action. Most complaints are tracked and assigned for follow-up in a timely manner. Below are the reporting methods available to County residents:
Community Complaint Results
The Police Department, through the reporting methods described above, track traffic-related complaints and the results of enforcement efforts. When traffic complaints are received, the complaint is then given to the Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Unit for review and consideration for enforcement. These complaints are reviewed in addition to the regular duties and assignments given to the unit. The results of enforcement efforts will be shared by clicking the below reports.