Sheriff's Office

PR #:
2021-107
Date Issued:
Aug 03, 2021 - 4:20PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputies issue nearly 300 citations during July Joining Forces campaigns

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

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Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies issued nearly 300 citations during two Nevada Department of Public Safety Joining Forces events during the month of July.  More than 160 of those citations were issued to drivers who were speeding.

From July 1st through July 12th, 2021, the Sheriff’s Office joined other northern Nevada law enforcement agencies for a campaign focused at increasing traffic safety by reducing speeding. From July 19th through August 2nd, 2021, the Sheriff’s Office joined with partnering agencies for a campaign focused on distracted driving. In both campaigns, speeding drivers were the most significant traffic violations.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to these efforts initiated a total of 225 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 these two events was 282:

Grand Total of Both Campaigns:

1          DUI arrests
0          DUI assist
7          Field Sobriety Tests conducted/driver passed
0          Seat belt violations
0          Child seat violations
165      Speed violations
1          Pedestrian at fault violations
0          Driver at fault violations
18        Distracted driving violations
0          Arrest
1          Fugitive
18        Drivers’ license violations
33        Registration violations
3          Equipment violations
7          No proof of insurance
0          Reckless driving
3          Red light running
1          Failure to Yield
10        All other citations
21        Warnings
0          Drowsy/Fatigue

Event #13 – Speed:

0          DUI arrests
0          DUI assist
0          Field Sobriety Tests conducted/driver passed
0          Seat belt violations
0          Child seat violations
90        Speed violations
0          Pedestrian at fault violations
0          Driver at fault violations
2          Distracted driving violations
0          Arrest
1          Fugitive
8          Drivers’ license violations
14        Registration violations
2          Equipment violations
1          No proof of insurance
0          Reckless driving
1          Red light running
0          Failure to Yield
4          All other citations
12        Warnings
0          Drowsy/Fatigue

Event #14 – Distracted Driving:

1          DUI arrests
0          DUI assist
0          Field Sobriety Tests conducted/driver passed
0          Seat belt violations
0          Child seat violations
75        Speed violations
1          Pedestrian at fault violations
0          Driver at fault violations
16        Distracted driving violations
0          Arrest
0          Fugitive
10        Drivers’ license violations
19        Registration violations
1          Equipment violations
6          No proof of insurance
0          Reckless driving
2          Red light running
1          Failure to Yield
6          All other citations
9          Warnings
0          Drowsy/Fatigue

The next scheduled Joining Forces campaign focuses on pedestrian safety laws. It begins with the start of the new Washoe County School District’s school year on August 9, 2021.

Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement in the areas of: impaired driving, 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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