For Immediate Release
PR #:1900045
Date Issued:May 01, 2019 - 12:08pm

More than 175 citations for speed and distracted driving issued by Washoe Sheriff's deputies during the latest Joining Forces event

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

Washoe County Sheriff’s deputies issued 78 citations for distracted driving and 99 citations for speed violations as part of a statewide Joining Forces event during the middle of April. A reminder that there are far too many distractions for drivers these days.

Everyone needs to do their part and make safety a priority by slowing down and focusing on the road.

From April 12 through 22, 2019, the Sheriff’s Office joined the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol for a high-intensity traffic enforcement campaign aimed at reducing distracted driving.

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 247 traffic stops. Although a driver may be stopped for one violation, several other violations may be observed during the subsequent investigation making it possible for a driver to be issued numerous citations. Total number of violations cited and arrests were 313.

99      speeding violations
78      distracted driving
3        fugitive arrests
1        seatbelt violation
3        red light running
9        driver failure to yield for pedestrian
40      motor vehicle registration violations
24      for failure to show proof of insurance
14      driver's license related violations
5        vehicle equipment violations
3        failure to yield right of way
14      all other citations
20      warnings

The Sheriff’s Office participation in these Joining Forces distracted driving awareness and enforcement campaigns is 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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