RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has successfully completed their share of the “Joining Forces” “Impaired Driving” awareness and enforcement campaign. The Sheriff’s Office joined the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and the Nevada Highway Patrol during this campaign, which ran from June 29 through July 8.
Sheriff’s Office patrol staff assigned to this enforcement campaign initiated 162 traffic stops and arrested seven drivers for DUI. Additionally, of the 162 traffic stops, there were nine drug-related arrests and one fugitive arrest. Seventy nine citations were issued for speeding violations and 12 citations for drivers’ license related violations. Other notable violations observed were; 14 vehicle registration violations, 21 vehicle equipment violations, two seat belt violations, 14 no valid proof of insurance violations and three cell phone use while driving violations. All other miscellaneous citations and written warnings totaled 84.
Although a driver may be stopped for one violation, during the deputy’s investigation, several other violations may be observed. It’s possible that one driver could be issued a citation for numerous violations.
The “Joining Forces” “Impaired Driving” awareness and enforcement campaign is made possible by grant funding received from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety. “Joining Forces” is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement in the areas of: DUI, seat belt, speed and pedestrian safety. The purpose of this event is to educate the driving public in regards to DUI laws, to enforce the community’s no-tolerance stance toward impaired driving and to remind people that it’s never safe to drive impaired.
The Sheriff’s Office uses a nationally recognized data driven approach to reducing crime and increasing public safety in our community. Sheriff’s Office data has shown a high incidence of traffic violations, traffic accidents, traffic problems and DUI arrests in this particular area. The Sheriff’s Office continues to be a data-driven law enforcement agency, where it proactively fights crime in the region and provides the best possible services to the citizens of our community.
The Sheriff’s Office reminds the public to drink responsibly, designate a sober driver, and utilize a taxi service or public transportation. It’s always best practice to have a safety plan before starting your festivities. Motorists should know that law enforcement personnel are out enforcing DUI laws year-round.