For Immediate Release
PR #:1900004
Date Issued:Jan 14, 2019 - 2:05pm

Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputies make eight DUI arrests during holiday Joining Forces campaign

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

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies made eight DUI arrests while participating in Nevada Department of Public Safety Joining Forces DUI prevention campaign during the Christmas and New Years holidays.

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. 

From December 18, 2018 through January 1, 2019, the Sheriff’s Office joined the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, and Nevada Highway Patrol for a campaign aimed at driving under the influence as part of ongoing efforts to reduce DUIs and increase traffic safety.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to this effort initiated a total of 83 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 110:

8        DUI arrests
1        DUI assist
5        Field Sobriety Tests conducted/driver passed
10      outstanding fugitive arrests
1        felony drug arrests
8        speeding violations
4        running a red light
26      motor vehicle registration violations
11      driver's license related violations
10      failure to show proof of insurance
6        vehicle equipment violations
6        all other citations
14      warnings

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is currently participating in a Joining Forces event focusing on speed safety laws. This event is scheduled to continue through January 21.

The Sheriff’s Office participation in these Joining Forces campaigns was 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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