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Law Enforcement Cracks Down on Traffic Violations

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Officers with four local law enforcement agencies are out in force right now for the latest "Joining Forces" campaign, focused on driver safety.

They're trying to raise driver awareness on our roadways and cracking down on violations such as running red lights, speeding, or failure to yield to pedestrians.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is one of the agencies with extra patrols out.

Focusing on traffic violations.

"It's about being out there," Deputy Armando Avina said. "I think we all get that feeling of seeing a police officer behind us and we grip that steering wheel a little bit tighter. We decelerate if we're going a little bit faster."

They're hoping this campaign will reduce accidents like.

Often times, the crashes don't cause injuries but usually cause property damage and traffic problems.

Deputies also say people's habits often change this time of the year and there is a lot more activity on the roads.

"It just goes back to once the weather starts warming up, we all share the roadway," Avina said. "We're going to share it with people who are walking, running, jogging, motorcycles, all different types of vehicles."

Along with traffic violations, deputies are also cracking down on distracted driving.

"The time when a person may be eating or applying make-up or texting on their phone might be the time where they're missing somebody else maneuvering behind them or to the side of them and just change lanes or accelerate without even noticing them there," Avina said.

Simply changing these behaviors is something deputies say can prevent a large and dangerous problem.

"A simple fender bender happens and it happens," Avina said. "That's because a lot of people are trying to multitask when they're behind the wheel. And the only focus should be the roadway, surroundings, and safety."

This year, Washoe County Sheriff's Office got a grant for almost $90,000 for the program. That pays for about 11 of "Joining Forces" events every year.

Written by Paul Nelson
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