Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
May 12, 2021 - 10:26AM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputies find more speeders throughout Joining Forces distracted driving campaign

Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407


Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies found more people speeding behind the wheel versus drivers using their cell phones during a targeted Joining Forces distracted driving campaign.

Deputies issued ten distracted driving citations and 21 citations for speeding as part of April’s Joining Forces event. Deputies pulled over a total of 42 drivers.

From April 10th through April 19th, 2021 the Sheriff’s Office joined regional law enforcement agencies for a high-intensity traffic enforcement campaign aimed at reducing distracted driving.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to this effort initiated a total of 42 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 arrests, citations, assists, and warnings by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies during this event was 56:

0          DUI arrests
0          DUI assist
0          Field Sobriety Tests conducted/driver passed
0          outstanding fugitive arrests
21        speeding violations
10        distracted driving
0          seat belt violation
0          running a red light
10        motor vehicle registration violations
3          driver's license related violations
0          vehicle equipment violations
0          child seat violation
5          no insurance violations
0          failure to yield
0          drowsy/fatigued driving violations
0          unrelated arrests
0          all other citations
7          warnings

Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement in the areas of: DUI, distracted driving, seat belt, 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 Sheriff’s Office participation in these Joining Forces campaigns is made possible by grant funding received from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety. 

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.


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