Joining Forces Campaign Leads to Hundreds of Citations

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WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. -- The Washoe County Sheriff's Office has released new number about the June "Joining Forces" traffic law enforcement campaign.

The Sheriff's Office joined the Nevada Highway Patrol, Reno Police Department and Sparks Police Department for this event aimed at increasing intersection safety.

From June 7 through June 21, extra units were on the road enforcing traffic laws such as running red lights, speeding, distracted driving, and failure to yield to pedestrians. Law enforcement personnel also looked for drivers who talked and texted on their cellular phones.

Sheriff's Office patrol staff had more than 300 traffic stops. It's possible that a driver may be issued citations for numerous violations. The total number of citations for this event was 423.

Of those stopped by the Sheriff’s Office, two drivers were arrested for DUI, four were arrested for felony or drug charges, and four were arrested on fugitive charges.

The additional units are paid through a grant received from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety "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 goal of these enforcement campaigns is to increase public awareness about the dangers of making poor choices while driving.