Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending April 5, 2006

Police Officer Philip Edwards
Crime Prevention Unit
Fairfax County Police ~ Franconia Station
6121 Franconia Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22310-2508

Main Desk:

703.922.0889

Office:

703.922-8263

FAX:

703.719.6436

http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/ps/police ~ Fairfax County Police Department
http://www.vcpa.org~ Virginia Crime Prevention Association
Officer Edwards e-Mail: philip.edwards@fairfaxcounty.gov

The following information is authorized for release by the Fairfax County Police Department - Public Information Office (PIO). For questions concerning any portion of this report, please contact PIO at 703-246-2253.

BICYCLE SAFETY

Although young bicyclists should learn the “rules of the road” and this release will provide safety tips, it is important drivers remember that as the weather warms up, they should keep watch out for bicyclists, especially in residential areas. The most important thing drivers can do to avoid striking a bicyclist is obey the speed limit, normally 35 mph in residential areas or 25 mph in school zones, but be mindful of the speed limits where you live and drive, and stay focused on the road and the possibility of young ones riding or running into your path.

During one of the first warm days of 2006, Monday, March 13, two young bicyclists were struck by cars. Both incidents demonstrate the importance for bicyclists of every age to be taught bicycle safety before being allowed to ride. The first incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. on King Centre Drive. A 10-year-old girl was riding her bicycle southbound on King Centre Drive when she failed to yield the right of way to a car driving eastbound. She struck the car and was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. She was not wearing a helmet. The second incident that day occurred at 5:50 p.m. A 7-year-old girl was riding her bicycle when she struck the back of a car traveling westbound on Lauralin Place. She was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. In both cases, the young bicyclists were at fault in the crashes. Bicycling is a great opportunity for children to have fun, but let’s ensure they stay safe as well. Make sure your children are aware of the following bicycle “rules of the road:”

  1. Pedestrians have the right-of-way on sidewalks;

  2. When riding in the street, travel in the same direction as vehicle traffic;

  3. Children under 15 years of age are required to wear a helmet;

  4. A bicyclist in the street has all the rights and responsibilities of any other driver;

  5. Bicyclists should know all the hand signals to indicate direction of travel;

  6. When coming out of a driveway or crossing a street, bicyclists must make sure there is no other traffic before proceeding. Rules are the same as when crossing any street, “look both ways before entering the street;”

  7. Bicyclists must obey highway signs such as stop signs.

  8. Remember: many times drivers do not see bicyclists, so bicyclists should use bike flags and bright colored clothing to help drivers see them.

  9. Young bicyclists should not bike after dark;

  10. Bicyclists should look out for other cars, other bicyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders, animals or any other potential obstacle in their path, and they should also be careful when passing parked cars to make sure a driver is not about to pull out from the space or open a car door.

CAC:

Our next regular CAC meeting will be held at the Franconia Government Center, 6121 Franconia Road, on Wednesday evening, April 19, 2006, in the Helen Wilson Community Room.  A Social Period begins at 7pm, and the General Meeting starts at 7:30pm.

MODIP:

The Fairfax County Police Department offers residents 55 years of age and older enrollment in the Mature Operator’s Driver Improvement Program (MODIP). This eight hour course, which provides safe driving information, is sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and is presented by certified Fairfax County Auxiliary Police Officers.  Upon completion of this course, drivers are eligible for the Virginia State-mandated insurance premium reduction (check with individual insurance carriers for the amount). The classes are normally held the second Saturday of each month at the Franconia District Station. The next seminar is scheduled at the Franconia District Station, located at 6121 Franconia Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.on June 10, 2006. THERE WILL BE NO CLASS IN MAY.  Registration is required and can be done by contacting the MODIP reservations line at (703) 924-6588. The fee for this course is $10.00 per person for books and materials.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
March 30-April 05, 2006

REPEATED (from last week's report) INCIDENT:

Stabbing-One juvenile arrested 

South Van Dorn Street and Castlewellan Drive:   On Friday, March 31 at approximately 10:50 a.m., a student protest was occurring along South Van Dorn Street near Castlewellan Drive in the Franconia area. During the event, a 16-year-old boy was stabbed in the midsection by a male. The victim was transported to Inova Healthplex of Franconia-Springfield by his friends. He was then taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries. Two people were taken into custody during the investigation. A 17-year-old Springfield-area boy was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. The second person has been released.

LARCENIES

Edsall Road, 6300 Block

  Wallet stolen from school.

Franconia Road, 6100 Block

  Gasoline stolen from service station.

Kingstowne Boulevard, 5700 Block

  Washing machine stolen from business.

Loisdale Road, 6500 Block

  Money stolen from business.

Marie Court, 9000 Block

  Wallet stolen from residence.

Old Keene Mill Road, 7200 Block

  Moped stolen from business.

Pohick Bay Drive, 6500 Block

  Lawn mower stolen from recreation center.

Rose Hill Drive, 6300 Block

  Purse stolen from vehicle.

Royal Thomas Way, 6700 Block

  Plants stolen from residence.

Springfield Plaza, 6400 Block

  Liquor stolen from business.

Springfield Road, 6600 Block

  Money and identification stolen from purse at business.

Telegraph Road, 7600 Block

  iPod stolen from school.

Telegraph Road, 8500 Block

  Tow trailer stolen from business.

Terminal Road, 8300 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle.

VEHICLE THEFTS

Bismach Drive, 5600 Block

  2001 Hyundai XG300L reported stolen.

Healy Drive, 7100 Block

  Moped reported stolen.

Highdale Circle, 5900 Block

  Yamaha R6 motorcycle reported stolen.

Highland Street, 6900 Block

  1996 Toyota Highlander reported stolen.

Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, 14500 Block

  1996 Ford F250 pickup reported stolen.

Rock Cliff Lane, 6000 Block

  2006 Honda CVR motorcycle reported stolen.

Spring Faire Court, 7200 Block

  2004 Suzuki GS500 motorcycle reported stolen.

Tremont Drive, 5600 Block

  1994 Dodge van reported stolen.

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