Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Feb 01, 2021 - 3:42PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputies stop nearly 100 drivers during Joining Forces distracted driving campaign

Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407


Washoe County Sheriff’s deputies issued 25 distracted driving citations and pulled over 97 drivers as part of a statewide Joining Forces event held in January.

From January 15th through January 25, 2021 the Sheriff’s Office joined regional law enforcement agencies for a high-intensity traffic enforcement campaign aimed at reducing distracted driving.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to this effort initiated a total of 97 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 118:

0          DUI arrests
0          DUI assist
0          Field Sobriety Tests conducted/driver passed
0          outstanding fugitive arrests
19        speeding violations
25        distracted driving
0          seat belt violation
1          running a red light
47        motor vehicle registration violations
8          driver's license related violations
1          vehicle equipment violations
0          child seat violation
5          no insurance violations
0          failure to yield
0          drowsy/fatigued driving violations
0          unrelated arrests
0          all other citations
12        warnings

The next Joining Forces event begins this Thursday, February 4. This event runs through February 13th and focuses on impaired driving.

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.

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