For Immediate Release
PR #:1800006
Date Issued:Jan 11, 2018 - 11:00am

Washoe County Sheriff's Office participation in Joining Forces DUI campaign leads to multiple stops and six arrests

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


Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Deputies participating in a Nevada Department of Public Safety Joining Forces DUI prevention campaign over the holidays initiated more than 200 stops for traffic safety violations and made six arrests for DUI.

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. 

From December 18, 2017 through January 2, 2018, the Sheriff’s Office joined the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol for a campaign aimed at driving under the influence as part of ongoing efforts to reduce DUI and increase traffic safety.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Deputies assigned to this effort initiated a total of 146 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 and warnings by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Deputies during this event is 194:

6        DUI arrests
7        outstanding fugitive arrests
3        felony arrests
24      speeding violations
5        cellphone use/distracted driving
18      motor vehicle registration violations
11      driver's license related violations
13      failure to show proof of insurance
10      vehicle equipment violations
4        running a red light
17      all other citations
76      warnings

The Sheriff’s Office participation in this Joining Forces DUI driving awareness and enforcement campaign was 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 Chuck Allen is the 26th 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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