The grant’s mission is aimed at reducing fatalities and serious injuries suffered by motorists involved in traffic collisions through collaboration of state, county, and local law-enforcement agencies in “key areas of traffic safety,” according to a release by NHP Trooper Chuck Allen.
Allen said agencies such as the Sparks and Reno police departments, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and others will target driving behaviors such as speed enforcement, crosswalk, pedestrian and intersection enforcement, seat belt violations, distracted driving and DUI roadblocks and saturation patrols.
Allen added that media conferences and public-safety outreach programs are planned as part of the campaign as well as to help educate the communities of northern Nevada.
The funding will run through September of 2014 and will primarily allow officers to focus on the specific traffic behaviors during the Joining Forces campaign. Public awareness of the campaigns, according to Allen, are the most crucial component to the grant project. NHP used similar funding to do major saturation during July on Highway 50 near Carson City to prevent drunk driving and speeding violations.
Brian Miller of Sparks PD said in a media release earlier this year that Nevada’s Joining Forces partners made nearly 1,800 stops statewide that resulted in 132 DUI arrests in 2012. He added that 25.5 percent of the fatalities on Nevada’s roads were alcohol related in 2012.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office conducted multiple Joining Forces campaigns this year involving the Sparks and Reno police departments in targeting the same behaviors that NHP plans to observe. During the summer, when event season ramps up in the region, the WCSO held two separate campaigns for awareness.
From June 28 through July 12 the campaign made 170 traffic stops and issued 234 citations and warnings. Four DUI arrests, one felony drug charge and five fugitive charge arrests were made in addition to 90 speeding citations and three cell phone citations, according to WCSO Public Information Officer Bob Harmon.
From June 7 through June 21 there were 300 traffic stops and 423 citations issued as part of the Joining Forces campaign. There were two DUI arrests, four drug felony and four fugitive charges as well. A total of 99 speeding citations and 38 cell phone/other distracted driving citations were issued.
For more information on the Joining Forces campaign, visit the Nevada Department of Public Safety at dps.nv.gov.