For Immediate Release
PR #:1900048
Date Issued:May 21, 2019 - 10:45am

Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputies issue more than 200 citations for speed violations during recent Joining Forces event

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

Washoe County Sheriff's deputies issued 201 citations for speeding violations during a statewide Joining Forces traffic safety event in late April and early May. An additional 25 citations were issued for distracted driving.  

From April 24 through May 8, 2019, the Sheriff’s Office, along with the Reno and Sparks Police Departments, and the Nevada Highway Patrol, dedicated extra officers to enforce speed safety laws as part of ongoing efforts to increase safety on Nevada’s roads and highways. 

Sheriff's Office staff assigned to this event initiated a total of 296 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 violations cited and warnings issued during this event was 393:

201   speeding
25     distracted driving
42     registration violations
31     no insurance
23     driver’s license violations
8       equipment violations
7       failure to yield
3       red light running
3       seat belt violations
6       other citations
41     warnings
3       warnings for drowsy/fatigued driving

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. 


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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