WCSO NEWS RELEASE
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Nevada Highway Patrol, and the Reno and Sparks Police Departments will be placing additional personnel on saturation patrol from Monday, Dece. 17, through Wednesday, Jan. 2. The emphasis is to contact drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The goal of this campaign is to help make the holiday season as safe as possible for all motorists on Nevada’s roadways.
This time of year is traditionally dangerous due to the number of people traveling on the roadways and the historical winter weather that comes during this time of year. The Sheriff’s Office also recognizes that there are numerous social gatherings that occur now through the New Year.
The “Joining Forces” DUI Enforcement Campaign is made possible by grant funding received from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety and the “Joining Forces” Program. “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 the DUI Saturation Enforcement campaign is to educate the driving public in regard to DUI laws, to enforce the community’s no tolerance stance toward impaired driving and to remind people that it’s never safe to drive impaired.
Law enforcement everywhere urges you to please use good judgment and to select a designated driver or seek out other alternate means of transportation. Be aware that a sober driver does not mean a person who consumed the least amount of alcohol; it is the person who has decided to consume no alcohol at all.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.