For Immediate Release
PR #:2000048
Date Issued:Apr 29, 2020 - 1:51pm

Washoe County Sheriff's Office takes on impaired driving by participating in Joining Forces DUI enforcement campaigns

CONTACT:Sarah Johns
911 Parr Blvd
Reno, NV. 89512
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407


Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies noticed a significant decrease in DUI arrests. During the last two weeks DUI arrests have begun to increase. In an effort to reduce the tragedies caused by driving under the influence, Washoe County Sheriff’s deputies will be participating in a DUI Joining Forces event aimed at increasing awareness about the dangers of DUI.

From May 1st through May 18, 2020, deputies with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will join troopers and officers from the Nevada Highway Patrol, Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, and University of Nevada, Reno Police Services in this special enforcement and awareness effort made possible by a Joining Forces grant received from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety.

For drivers, plans should include arrangements that ensure no one will be driving 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. It’s important to note public transportation continues to operate during the pandemic.

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.


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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