Archive for October, 2013

Aden Road Closure

Aden Road (Rte. 646) will be closed starting this Saturday, November 2, from 3:00 AM through the weekend. The roadway will reopen Monday, November 4, before 5:00 AM.

The closure will be on Aden Rd. (Rte. 646) between Parkgate Drive (Rte. 653) and Orlando Road (Rte. 608) for work related to the bridge replacement over Cedar Run.

Detour signs will be in place along the detour route and variable message signs have been running this week notifying the public of this pending closure.

Halloween Safety Tips

Thanks to the Prince William County Police Department for these Halloween safety tips…

Halloween may be a fun holiday for kids, but for parents trick-or-treat time can be a little tricky. Concerns about children’s safety – whether they are out in the neighborhood, gathering candy at a mall or shopping center, or back home with bags of treats – can darken the day more quickly than a black cat. To make Halloween a treat for all, follow these safety tips:

  • Make sure kids wear light colors, or put reflective tape on their costumes.
  • Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups so they aren’t a temping target for real-life goblins. Parents should accompany young children.
  • Make sure kids know not to enter strange houses or strangers’ cars. Children should stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
  • Kids need to know not to eat their treats until they get home. One way to keep trick-or-treaters from digging in while they’re still out is to feed them a meal or a snack beforehand.
  • Check out all treats at home in a well-lighted place.

If you need to contact the police, you may call the non-emergency number: 703-792-6500 (or for an emergency dial 911).

Anyone planning on using alcohol this Halloween should play it smart and designate a sober driver before the party begins. The Prince William County Police Department also offers these simple reminders for a safer Halloween weekend: 

  • Be responsible and never drive impaired. 
  • If you plan to drink, choose your sober driver before going out. 
  • Once impaired, use mass transit, call a cab or ask a sober friend to get you home. This year, SoberRide is again offering free taxi rides to impaired persons (up to a $30 fare) from 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, to 4 a.m. on Friday, Nov.1. Call 1-800-200-TAXI to arrange for a ride. 
  • If all else fails, just stay where you are and sleep it off. 
  • Always buckle up – it’s still your best defense against an impaired driver. 
  • If you are hosting a Halloween party, make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.

A Solemn Remembrance: Police Department Observes the 40th Anniversary of the Line-of-Duty Death of Officer Paul T. White, Jr.

On Sunday, October 27, the Prince William County Police Department celebrated the service and commemorated the sacrifice of Officer Paul T. “Pete” White, Jr., who died in the line of duty 40 years ago that day. Officer White was the first Prince William County Police Officer to suffer a line-of-duty death.

The observance was held at the Paul T. White, Jr. Police Station located on Freedom Center Boulevard in Manassas. The event was attended by Officer White’s surviving family, members of the Prince William County Police Department, dignitaries and other guests.

During the observance, Police Chief Steve Hudson commented on the significance of the loss of Officer White. “This Department is richer for all the men and women who daily do the work of keeping the peace and upholding the law, both now and over our history, and we are the poorer for having lost Pete White so early in his life and career. Pete is woven into this Department’s fabric and he will never be forgotten.”

For more information about Officer White and the observance, visit http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/police/Press%20Releases/NR%20102713.pdf.

Firefighters to Walk with PWC School Students to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 9, 2013

Firefighters in Prince William County will join students from around the county to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 9, 2013. Approximately 1500 students from 30 PWC Public Schools will be walking and rolling to school on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, along with parents, teachers and community leaders.

The event will begin at various times corresponding with the schools opening. Children, parents and community leaders will walk from meeting points along the walkers route. Walkers at some schools will be joined by Fire & Rescue personnel as they exit the buses and enter the schools for the day. Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment.

For additional local information and a complete list of schools participating, please contact Bob Wall, 703-304-9771.

For additional information, please visit these websites:

  • Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue, www.pwcgov.org/fire
  • Walk to School Day in the USA, www.walkbiketoschool.org
  • National Center for Safe Routes to School, www.saferoutesinfo.org