For Immediate Release
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PR #:1600073
Date Issued:Aug 30, 2016 - 8:55am

Sheriff's Office cites more than 400 drivers for speeding or cellphone use during latest Joining Forces Distracted Driving campaign

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


Slow down, focus on the road, and drive safe. That’s the message coming out of a recent Joining Forces traffic safety campaign aimed at reducing distracted driving on Washoe County roads.

From July 22 through August 8, 2016, the Sheriff’s Office joined the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol for a high-intensity traffic enforcement campaign focusing on distracted driving violations. Sheriff's Office units assigned to this effort cited 194 drivers for cellphone use and 213 for speeding.

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 432 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 592:

 213   speeding violations
194    cellphone use
56      for failure to show proof of insurance
33      driver's license related violations
33      motor vehicle registration violations
6        vehicle equipment violations
4        seatbelt violation
1        child seat violation
1        pedestrian at fault
1        outstanding fugitive arrest
6        all other citations
44      warnings

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 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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