For Immediate Release
PR #:1900024
Date Issued:Mar 15, 2019 - 10:55am

Slow Down, Drive Safe: Nearly 250 speeding citations issued by Sheriff's deputies during early March Joining Forces event

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

The message from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office is “slow down and drive safe!”

Sheriff's Office deputies issued nearly 250 citations for speeding violations during a Joining Forces traffic safety event in early March, and that’s 250 too many.

From February 28 through March 13, 2019, the Sheriff’s Office joined with the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, and Nevada Highway Patrol in an effort to increase driving safety by dedicating extra officers to enforce speed safety laws.

Sheriff's Office staff assigned to this event initiated a total of 351 traffic stops which resulted in 249 citations for speeding.

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 violations cited and warnings issued during this event was 452.

Violations cited by the Sheriff's Office during this campaign include:

249   speeding
32    distracted driving
3       red light running
4       failure to yield
1       failure to yield for a pedestrian
51     registration violations
40     no insurance
13    driver’s license violations
8       equipment violations
8       other violations
43     warnings

Sheriff’s Office participation in this Joining Forces speed enforcement campaign was made possible by grant funding received from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety. 

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. 

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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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