On February 20, police officers in Fairfax County conducted directed DWI patrols throughout the West Springfield District between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Motorists police suspected of being intoxicated were stopped and tested to ensure their driving abilities had not been impaired by alcohol or drugs.
The effort was largely ineffective. Police stopped approximately 62 motorists, but only two of those were actually arrested for DWI. Seven others were issued summonses for other traffic offenses.
A similar effort was conducted throughout the Sully District on January 9 between 10 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. In that patrol, police stopped 50 motorists, but only one was arrested for DWI. Three additional criminal arrests were made and 12 traffic offense summonses were issued.
Eight officers and one auxiliary police officer participated in each operation.