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Law Enforcement to Crack Down on Traffic Violations

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From the City of Sparks:

Over the next two weeks, Washoe County residents can expect to see double or even triple the normal law enforcement presence. The Sparks Police Department has joined forces with law enforcement agencies statewide to crack down on impaired driving, and has an important message for the public: if you'll be drinking, designate a sober driver, and if you drive impaired, you will be arrested. 

Increasing law enforcement presence during these weeks supports the overall state goal of reaching Zero Fatalities. Washoe County residents can help us reach that goal by following these safety guidelines:
• If you will be drinking, plan a safe and sober way to return to your home before going out.
• If you're impaired, call a taxi or sober friend, or use public transportation.
• Contact local police at 311 or *NHP from your mobile phone to report a drunk driver on the road.
• If you see people about to drive impaired, take their keys and help get them a ride with a sober driver.
 
Nevada Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement of DUI, seat belt use, distracted driving, speed and pedestrian safety. During this campaign last year, Nevada's Joining Forces partners made nearly 1,800 stops statewide that resulted in 132 DUI arrests. In 2012, 25.5 percent of the fatalities on Nevada's roads were alcohol related.
 
Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted throughout the area. These checkpoints will focus on identifying impaired drivers before they are involved in a crash injuring or killing members of our community. According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration, a DUI costs an average of $10,000 when including legal fees, loss of driver license, vehicle impoundment and higher insurance rates.
 
In tandem with the enforcement effort, traffic safety officials also launched an education campaign throughout the state reminding motorists of the importance of designating a sober driver. The TV and radio public service announcements, statistics and other information are available online at http://ZeroFatalitiesNV.com/sober.

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