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by Dave Emke — February 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm 11 Comments

Reston historical marker

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here is a sampling of what’s available in Reston:

  • The South Lakes High School Chorus is presenting its Broadway Night event tonight and Saturday.
  • Reston Town Center events this weekend include a kids’ cooking class at Il Fornaio, cartoon skate at the ice pavilion, Super Bowl festivities at American Tap Room and Mon Ami Gabi, and more.
  • Potomac River Running will be putting on its For The Love Of It 10K, beginning at South Lakes High School (11400 South Lakes Drive), Saturday morning.
  • Reston Community Players will close out their run of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” tonight and Saturday at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road).
  • Project-based charter school Ideaventions Academy (12340 Pinecrest Road) will be holding an open house Saturday.
  • Art exhibitions “CUT” and “Springtime in Winter” remain on display at Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market Street) and Reston Art Gallery & Studios (11400 Washington Plaza W.), respectively.
  • Del. Ken Plum will be at Lake Anne Coffee House (1612 Washington Plaza N.) on Saturday morning to discuss issues with his constituents.
  • Red’s Table (11150 South Lakes Drive) won’t just be offering beer specials Sunday during the Super Bowl, but it will unveil its new bison chili as well.
  • Kalypso’s (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will host a Super Bowl party Sunday, featuring regional foods from New England and Atlanta. A raffle will also be held to benefit Camp Sunshine.

by Karen Goff — February 5, 2016 at 11:30 am 4 Comments

Fairfax County Police Fairfax County Police say DWI patrols will be “out in full force this weekend” as residents prepare for the Super Bowl, which has become something of a national drinking holiday.

“The Super Bowl is America’s most popular sporting event,” police said in a release. “Game day parties can be epic events with football, great food, lots of friends, and typically, alcohol. Unfortunately, adding alcoholic beverages in the mix makes this weekend historically dangerous.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says in 2012, 43 percent of all traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday were caused by drunk driving.

In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States. Alcohol-related crashes accounted for 31 percent of all vehicle crash fatalities in the nation.

BACtrack, a company that makes smart phone-enabled breathalyzers, says that in 2014, its users recorded an average Blood Alcohol Content of .091 percent on Super Bowl Sunday. The legal BAC limit in Virginia is .08 percent.

From the FCPD:

What’s your game plan this weekend? Are you drinking OR are you driving? Doing both is simply not an option. Driving while intoxicated is illegal, dangerous and costly but easily preventable.  Some basic planning can keep you and other drivers safe this weekend, or any weekend.  If you plan to drink, plan not to drive:

  • Designate a sober driver.
  • Arrange for a taxi.
  • Plan to stay overnight at a friend’s home.

If you are hosting a party, here are some helpful tips:

  • Offer non-alcoholic drinks in addition to beer.
  • Serve plenty of food. A full stomach can slow the rate of alcohol absorption.
  • Stop serving alcohol an hour or two before the party ends.
  • Arrange alternate transportation for your intoxicated guests.
  • Never serve minors alcohol.

Protect yourself from drunk drivers on the road by knowing how to spot one. An impaired driver may:

  • Weave, swerve or straddle the center line.
  • Drive on the wrong side of the road.
  • Drive at a very slow speed.
  • Stop or brake for no reason.
  • Have an extremely slow response to traffic conditions or signals.
  • Drive without headlights at night.
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