For Immediate Release
PR #:1800058
Date Issued:May 11, 2018 - 1:07pm

Seatbelt safety focus of next Joining Forces campaign

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


CLICK IT OR TICKET: As the summer travel season approaches, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone to buckle up every time you get in a vehicle. It only takes a couple of seconds to help save a life by putting on a seat belt.

As part of ongoing efforts to increase traffic safety, the Sheriff’s Office is joining forces with other Nevada law enforcement agencies to heighten enforcement of seat belt violations during the last half of May, including the Memorial Day weekend.  

From May 15 through 31, 2018, the Sheriff’s Office, along with the Reno and Sparks Police Departments and Nevada Highway Patrol will dedicate extra deputies specifically to look for drivers and other occupants in vehicles who are not wearing their seatbelts as well as children who are not properly secured in a car or booster seat.

Washoe County Sheriff’s deputies are also scheduled to participate in a one-day, four hour nationwide Border to Border initiative spearheaded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. From 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, the Sheriff’s Office will increase seat belt enforcement on I-80 through Washoe County.

Seat belts are for protection. Agencies participate in Joining Forces events like this with the intent of using increased enforcement, and awareness, to save lives.

Funding for the extra patrols is made possible by a Joining Forces grant received from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety. 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. 

For more information on Joining Forces and other statewide Traffic Safety Programs, please visit Follow Zero Fatalities Nevada on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and @ZeroFatalitiesNV on Instagram. 


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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