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School back in session – careful driving encouraged and enforced by law enforcement

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Reno PD Motorcycles. Image by Miriam Wilding.UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA RENO NEWS RELEASE – University Police Services along with the Nevada Highway Patrol, Reno Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Sparks Police Department will conduct enforcement and education patrols on campus roadways and adjacent streets for motorists exceeding posted speed limits, using cell phones, failing to yield for pedestrians in crosswalks and driver inattentiveness. This initiative will include enforcement and outreach patrols at targeted intersections and crosswalks as the fall semester kicks off next week.

“It’s that time of year when students, faculty, staff and visitors are returning to campus,” University Police Commander Todd Renwick said. “It is important to remind motorists to stay alert, obey posted speed limits and use caution while traveling through adjacent roads or on the University.”

Police Services would also like to remind pedestrians, bicyclists and skateboarders to use caution, stay aware of your surroundings and obey laws related to crosswalks, bicycles and skateboards.

The joint traffic enforcement period will begin Monday at 8:00 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. Over the current fall semester, University Police will continue to conduct additional pedestrian- and crosswalk-enhanced enforcement and education targeting pedestrian and motor-vehicle laws as they pertain to crosswalks. Grant funds from the Office of Traffic Safety will help offset costs associated with these extra patrols and will be in addition to normal staffing.

Nevada’s land-grant university founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno has an enrollment of 18,000 students and is ranked in the top tier of the nation’s best universities. Part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the University has the system’s largest research program and is home to the state’s medical school. With outreach and education programs in all Nevada counties and with one of the nation’s largest study-abroad consortiums, the University extends across the state and around the world. For more information, visit www.unr.edu.