The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, along with Nevada Highway Patrol, Reno Police Department, and the Sparks Police Department, will have extra units on the road from November 14th to November 27th to enforce traffic laws. Local law enforcement deputies, officers and troopers will be specifically looking for distracted drivers and those not wearing a seat belt, nationally known as the “Click it or Ticket” awareness and enforcement campaign. Also, law enforcement hopes their increased visibility will deter motorists from speeding, impaired driving and increase pedestrian safety. The additional units are paid through a grant as part of “Joining Forces”.
“Our community must have a zero tolerance stance towards anyone who intentionally risks and jeopardizes the overall safety and security of the public,” Public Information Officer Deputy Armando Avina said.
The Sheriff’s Office was recently granted $89,000 to fund overtime for deputies to work 11 Joining Forces events through September 30, 2013, the grantor being the State of 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, speed and pedestrian safety. The purpose of this event is to educate the driving public in regards to the dangers of distracted driving and risks involved to those who choose to not wear a seat belt.