For Immediate Release
PR #:1800131
Date Issued:Dec 20, 2018 - 11:01am

Sheriff's Office increases DUI enforcement as part of holiday Joining Forces campaign

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

As Washoe County residents make plans to celebrate the holidays, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and other Nevada law enforcement agencies have an important message: make plans so you never have to drive 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.

As part of efforts to reduce driving under the influence and increase traffic safety, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is participating in a statewide Joining Forces campaign over the holidays to heighten enforcement of DUI violations and increase awareness of the dangers of DUI.

From December 18, 2018 through January 1, 2019, the Sheriff’s Office will dedicate extra deputies specifically to look for drivers under the influence. Funding for these extra patrols 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. 

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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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