- January 1 - 18-year-old Susan Herzog is killed by 17-year-old drunk driver Kevin Tunell when he loses control of his silver Dodge station wagon and crashes head-on into Herzog's Volkswagen on Commonwealth Boulevard in Fairfax.
- January 5 - 33-year-old Nicholas E. Tomlin is shot to death in the Jefferson Manor neighborhood of Alexandria.
- Carlson, Peter, and Joshua Hammer. "Outrage Over Drunk Driving." PEOPLE.com. Time Inc., 25 July 1983. Web. 26 Dec. 2013.
- "Man Fatally Shot at Fairfax Home." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): A8. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1995). Jan 06 1982. Web. 8 Feb. 2012.
|Fairfax County by Year: 1982|
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