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June 28, 2012
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DUI saturation patrols begin throughout county on Friday

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The 2012 start-of-summer impaired driving awareness and enforcement campaign for the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office kicks off June 29, in an effort “to help save lives by cracking down on those who choose to drive impaired,” according to a press release.

This enforcement mobilization runs from June 29 through July 8.

The “Joining Forces” impaired driving awareness and enforcement campaign is possible by grant funding from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety. “Joining Forces” is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement in the areas of DUI, seat belt and speed and pedestrian safety. The purpose of this event is to educate the driving public in regard to DUI laws, to enforce the community’s no tolerance stance towards impaired driving and to remind people that it’s never safe to drive impaired.

During the campaign, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will join forces with the Reno and Sparks police departments and Nevada Highway Patrol by strongly enforcing DUI laws around the clock.

“Saturation patrols are effective ways law enforcement can help reduce a person’s chance of getting behind the wheel after having alcoholic intoxicants,” the press release reads. “Through awareness and enforcement we want to eliminate the risk a person takes when impaired and deter everyone from ever driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs.”

“Too many drivers take the chance and drive after having too much to drink,” said Deputy Armando Avina in a statement. “Our goal is to save lives, so we are ‘Joining Forces’ with state and local law enforcement officers through the Fourth of July holiday to deter motorist from driving impaired.”

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jun 28, 2012 12:12PM Published Jun 28, 2012 12:12PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.