For Immediate Release
PR #:2000094
Date Issued:Jul 23, 2020 - 1:45pm

Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputies cite more than 300 drivers in recent Joining Forces event

CONTACT:Sarah Johns
911 Parr Blvd
Reno, NV. 89512
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

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Washoe County Sheriff's deputies issued 172 citations for speeding violations during a statewide Joining Forces traffic safety event in the first weeks of summer.

From June 26 through July 12, 2020, 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 267 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 303. Violations cited by the Sheriff's Office during this campaign include:

172      speeding
1          reckless driving
28        distracted driving
3          seat belt violation
10        no insurance
26        registration violations
8          driver’s license violations
6          equipment violations
0          fugitive arrests
1          failure to yield
20        other violations
28        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, 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. 

Reminder: We are still in the midst of a Joining Forces distracted driving campaign which runs between July 20 – August 3, 2020.


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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