For Immediate Release
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PR #:1400048
Date Issued:May 21, 2014 - 9:14am

Pedestrian Safety focus of Sheriff's Office latest Joining Forces traffic safety campaign

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


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office participated in a three-week Joining Forces pedestrian safety campaign in late April and early May as part of ongoing efforts to reduce injuries and accidents by increasing enforcement and awareness.

From April 23 through May 13, 2014, the Sheriff’s Office joined the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol for a high-intensity traffic enforcement campaign, concentrating in and around intersections and crosswalks, to enforce pedestrian safety laws.

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

Sheriff's Office patrol staff assigned to this Pedestrian Safety Campaign initiated a total of 75 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 98. Of those, 20 citations were issued for failure to yield to pedestrians. However the majority of citations, 27, were for distracted driving/cell phone use.

Violations cited by the Sheriff's Office:

27 cell phone use
20 failure to yield to a pedestrian
10 failure to show proof of insurance
9 speeding violations
7 motor vehicle registration violations
4 driver's license related violations
3 violations for running a red light
2 seatbelt violations
1 child seat violation
1 other violation
14 warnings

The Sheriff’s Office participation in this Joining Forces 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. 

For more information about pedestrian safety, visit Nevada’s Zero Fatalities website at:

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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