Reno, Nev. (KRNV & Mynews4.com) - The Washoe County Sheriff's Office has released their share of the February "Joining Forces" results in which they join Reno and Sparks Police as well as Nevada Highway Patrol in cracking down on impaired driving.
The Sheriff's Office patrol staff assigned to this impaired driving awareness and enforcement event from February 1-19, initiated 307 traffic stops and three drivers arrested for violation of the Nevada DUI laws. Additionally, of the 307 traffic stops, there were three fugitives from justice persons arrested and one felony arrest made, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office.
The press release also states that the Sheriff's Office issued 196 speeding citations, 14 cell phone/other distracted driving citations, and 24 citations for drivers' license related violations. Other notable violations included 24 motor vehicle registration citations, 22 vehicle equipment citations, eight seat belt citations, 42 citations for failure to show proof of insurance, one citation for driver failing to yield the right of way, seven driving through red light citations. Other various citations and written warnings totaled 59.
Although a driver may be stopped for one violation, during a patrolman's investigation, several other violations may be observed. It's possible that one driver may be issued a citation for numerous violations.
The "Joining Forces" impaired driving awareness and enforcement campaign is 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, seat belt, distracted driving, and speed and pedestrian safety. The purpose of this event is to educate the driving public in regards to DUI laws, to enforce the community’s no tolerance stance towards impaired driving and to remind people that it's never safe to drive impaired.