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Hot August Nights Brings Crowds, More Police Officers

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It is that time of the year again, when locals and visitors come to Reno and Sparks to celebrate Hot August Nights.  Classic cars, concerts, and crowds can be found at venues throughout the Truckee Meadows.  The increase in people means more police officers will be on hand.

"You're gonna have all these different types of venues from the downtown area, down south, where you're gonna have a lot of traffic, a lot of congestion," Officer Tim Broadway, Reno Police Department said. "So, it does make it difficult sometimes."

The Reno and Sparks Police Departments, Nevada Highway Patrol, and Washoe County Sheriff's Office are teaming up to make Hot August Nights as safe as possible.  They are keeping an eye out for traffic violations, and potential problems with pedestrians.

"They don't want to wait for the crosswalks or they're not using the crosswalk and they're jaywalking across the street, where we've seen even when it wasn't Hot August Nights, where we have some crashes with vehicles versus pedestrians," Broadway said.

Thousands of people attend this week's events, and many will be drinking alcohol. Officers are asking people to drink responsibly and follow the rules.

"We have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to open containers outside of the venues, and enforcing all the traffic laws and pedestrian laws," Broadway said. "This Joining Forces" campaign, even though it's specifically for pedestrians, we're also going to be out there enforcing DUIs, as well."

For the people attending the 31st annual event, the extra law enforcement is welcome.  They say it keeps people safer, and it also serves as a deterrent.

"If you see a lot of police officers, I think people go 'Uh oh. I better be on my Ps and Qs, be good here,'" Art Miller, Reno resident said. "I think it's a positive in every way, shape and form."

"They're usually pretty cool with all of us out here, and guys get a little sideways but nothing major out of control, but I do think the security is paramount," Thomas Moran, San Mateo resident said. "I always feel secure in Reno during Hot August Nights. I've never had an issue."

Drivers are encouraged to put their cell phones away while driving, and use their seat belts.  With so many people coming from other states, it is also important that they know Nevada's laws.  People should avoid leaving valuable items in their cars, but if they do, make sure they are hidden and out of view.

Downtown Reno will have some road closures during the special event.  You can expect Virginia Street to be closed between Liberty St. and 6th Street through the event.

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