For Immediate Release
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PR #:1400035
Date Issued:Apr 28, 2014 - 8:37am

Sheriff's Office continues to participate in efforts that reduce Distracted Driving

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

As part of ongoing efforts to increase public safety by reducing the number of accidents and injuries caused by distracted driving, the Washoe County Sheriff's Office recently participated in a three-week Joining Forces distracted driving awareness campaign.

From March 31 through April 20, 2014, the Sheriff’s Office joined the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol for a high-intensity traffic enforcement campaign aimed at enforcing distracted driving laws.

The following results are from the Sheriff’s Office portion of this campaign:

Sheriff's Office patrol staff assigned to this Distracted Driving Campaign initiated a total of 396 traffic stops. Although a driver may be stopped for one violation, several other violations may be observed during the subsequent investigation making it possible that a driver may be issued citations for numerous violations.

The total number of violations cited and warnings issued during this event was 535. Of those, 128 citations were issued for distracted driving.

Other violations cited by the Sheriff's Office include:

205 speeding violations
60 for failure to show proof of insurance
30 motor vehicle registration violations
37 driver's license related violations
15 vehicle equipment violations
2 violations for running a red light
5 violations for failing to yield the right of way
2 seatbelt violations
1 reckless driving
8 all other violations
38 warnings

In addition, Deputies arrested one person for Driving Under the Influence and 3 people on fugitive charges.

The Sheriff’s Office participation in this Joining Forces distracted driving awareness and enforcement campaign was 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, distracted driving, seat belt, and speed and pedestrian safety. The goal of these enforcement campaigns is to save lives by increasing public awareness about the dangers of making poor choices while driving. 



The Washoe County Sheriff's Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Chuck Allen is the 26th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process and traditional street patrols.


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