INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - The Washoe County Sheriff's Office issued more than 300 citations during a two-week joint traffic safety campaign with the Nevada Highway Patrol, Reno Police Department and the Sparks Police Department, officials said.
The Sheriff's Office deployed extra units from Nov. 14-27 throughout the county to enforce traffic laws, specifically looking for people not wearing a seat belt as part of the national "Click it or Ticket" awareness and enforcement campaign, according to a WCSO press release.
During the period, personnel initiated more than 200 traffic stops. Citations were issued for the following traffic violations: 121 for speed, 54 for cellphone use, 39 for failure to provide proof of insurance, 25 for registration violations, 8 for failure to use a seat belt, 2 for failure to use a required child seat, 2 for failing to stop at a red light, 2 for pedestrian violations and 9 miscellaneous citations, as well as several warnings.
According to WCSO, the additional units required for enforcement campaigns such as these are paid for through a grant as part of "Joining Forces," a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement in the areas of: DUI, seat belt, distracted driving, speed and pedestrian safety.
WCSO recently received an $89,000 grant from the state of Nevada to fund overtime for deputies to work 11 Joining Forces events through Sept. 30, 2013.