News Briefs

News Briefs

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Fairfax County's inaugural Hispanic Heritage Celebration, the Fairfax Fiesta, will be on Saturday, Sept. 23, from noon to 5 p.m. at the PARC at Tysons (8508 Leesburg Pike). The free celebration highlights Hispanic culture and embraces the diversity of our community. Cultural performances and entertainment, artisan market showcasing exceptional handmade goods from talented local vendors, children's activities and traditional foods.

More on Speed Camera Pilot Program

Slowing down drivers and improving traffic safety are the objectives of a new Speed Camera Pilot Program that will include the installation of photo monitoring devices (speed cameras) in eight school zones. Data suggests that school zone speeding is prevalent and cameras are effective. In the five school zones surveyed last year, thousands of drivers exceeded the speed limit by more than 10 mph during the sample period. 

Ultimately, it is expected that the pilot program will change driver behaviors to keep Fairfax County residents safe.

Studies indicate that speed camera enforcement reduce traffic related injuries and accidents and ultimately save lives. Speed cameras will help protect pedestrians, especially in congested and vulnerable locations. The pilot program has one overarching goal: to improve the safety of roads for all residents. The cameras are only active when the school zone is in effect. There are no points or insurance impacts resulting from a citation. An escalating fine structure, starting at 10 mph over the limit, maxes out at $100. 

Speed Camera Locations

  • Chesterbrook Elementary School: Kirby Road near the school (Dranesville District)

  • Irving Middle School: Old Keene Mill Road near the school (Braddock District)

  • Key Middle School: Franconia Road- near the school (Franconia District)

  • London Towne Elementary School: Stone Road near the school (Sully District)

  • Sleepy Hollow Elementary School: Sleepy Hollow Road near the school (Mason District)

  • South County Middle School: Silverbrook Road near the school (Mt. Vernon District)

  • Terraset Elementary School: Soapstone Drive near the school (Hunter Mill District)

  • West Springfield High School: Rolling Road near the school (Springfield District)

An additional school zone speed camera near Oakton High School (Blake Lane near Sutton Road) and a work zone speed camera at Route 28 (near Old Mill Road) are forthcoming.