For Immediate Release
PR #:1900124
Date Issued:Nov 14, 2019 - 8:37am

Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputies make nine DUI arrests and cite 19 for distracted driving during latest Joining Forces campaign

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

Never drive impaired, always focus on the road. That’s the message delivered by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies participating in a recent Joining Forces DUI enforcement event.

From October 18 through November 4, 2019, the Sheriff’s Office joined the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, and Nevada Highway Patrol for a campaign focused at increasing traffic safety by reducing DUIs.

Sheriff’s Office deputies participating in this event arrested nine drivers for DUI, they also cited 19 drivers for distracted driving, a reminder that cellphone use still presents a significant danger to driving safety.   

In total, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to this effort initiated a total of 99 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 116:

9          DUI arrests
3          Field Sobriety Tests conducted/driver passed
19        distracted driving
5          felony drug arrests
3          outstanding fugitive arrests
9          speeding violations
7          running a red light
2          reckless driving
13        motor vehicle registration violations
3          driver's license related violations
3          failure to show insurance
14        vehicle equipment violations
1          failure to yield to a pedestrian
1          seat belt violation
4          all other citations
17        warnings
3          warnings for drowsy/fatigued driving

Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement in the areas of: DUI, distracted driving, seat belt use, 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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