Sheriff's Office

For Immediate Release

PR #: 2000141
Date Issued: Oct 12, 2020 - 8:15am

With Nevada Day and the holiday season approaching, the Washoe County Sheriff's Office takes on impaired driving by participating in Joining Forces DUI enforcement campaigns

CONTACT: Sarah Johns
911 Parr Blvd
Reno, NV. 89512
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office and other Nevada law enforcement agencies are making plans to help keep the Nevada Day Weekend safe and make this a safe and joyous holiday season on our state's roads and highways by emphasizing the dangers of driving under the influence.

For drivers, Nevada Day and holiday plans should include arrangements that ensure no one will be driving under the influence. Whether it's a designated driver or public transportation, everyone should make sure they have an alternative that avoids the possibility of making a bad decision that could lead to unnecessary tragedy.

To help bring greater awareness to the importance of safe and sober driving during the holidays, the Sheriff's Office plans to participate in two Joining Forces DUI enforcement campaigns in the coming months.

The first campaign includes the Nevada Day weekend. The event begins today, Monday, October 12, 2020 and ends on November 2nd. During this time, the Sheriff's Office, Reno and Sparks Police Departments, and the Nevada Highway Patrol will dedicate extra officers to DUI enforcement with the aim of reducing tragedies caused by people driving under the influence.

A similar campaign is scheduled from December 21, 2020, through January 4, 2021 to include Christmas and New Year's Day.

Funding for the extra patrols needed for this campaign is made possible by a Joining Forces grant received from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety.

Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program aimed at reducing injuries and crashes through statewide enforcement in the areas of: DUI, speed, distracted driving, seat belt 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 is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.