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Police Beef Up Enforcement Ahead of Hot August Nights Event

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Reno police are stepping up enforcement efforts downtown to keep pedestrians safe ahead of Hot August Nights. “We’re trained and we're current on all of our riot control and crowd control techniques,” said Officer Tim Broadway.           

Local law enforcement is getting ready for several big events about to converge on the Biggest Little City. Around 800,000 people are expected to visit the R, Sparks and Lake Tahoe area next week. Police say they're ready for the influx. They’re starting off with extra pedestrian and traffic enforcement. “There's going to be plain clothes officers and there's going to be motorcycle officers,” said Broadway.

“We're going to start out with pedestrian and vehicle enforcement with crosswalks, people in crosswalks and drivers not yielding to pedestrians who do have the right of way,” said Broadway.

Next week we'll start to see even more people trickle into the Biggest Little City. “During Hot August Nights we're going to have several teams of foot patrol officers and several teams of motorcycle officers,” said Broadway.

As far as the events go, people are very excited. “Looking at the different cars, the different colors, the different styles... seeing the people and the gayety and happiness that goes on,” said Reno resident Linda Jones.

Tony Marini is the executive director of Hot August Nights, he says around 5,000 to 6,000 cars will be coming into town for the week. “We are getting excited for the big event. We kickoff tomorrow in South Lake Tahoe and have the show there Friday and Saturday then come right into Reno and it's a full packed week,” said Marini.

A variety of vehicles will be showed off.. “Anything 1976 and older is what you're going to see registered for our event,” said Marini. “We have all kinds of stuff going on this year between the drag races, the autocross, the cruising, Barret-Jackson. Looking forward to a great event and a great week.”

The extra pedestrian enforcement starting Friday is being paid for by a Nevada Office of Traffic Safety grant. Security costs for the other events around town will be picked up by the event managers.” Our relationships are getting more significant with each of the cities,” said Marini. “Our bill in Reno is a six-figure bill so it's an estimate. We go on and have the event and then we take care of it after.”

If you break the rules downtown, the fines range anywhere from $100 to $1,000 dollars or jail time depending on the violation. Police want to remind visitors to use the crosswalks safety and don't drink and drive. 
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