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Patrols begin today for speed, cell phone and motorcycle violations
by Tribune Staff
Apr 02, 2012 | 1408 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS — The Sparks Police Department, in conjunction with the Nevada Highway Patrol, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department and the Reno Police Department will be adding additional officers to the streets starting today through April 16, with the main objective being the targeting of speeding violations, motorcycle violations and distracted driving with an emphasis on cell phone usage.

The effort is being funded by a grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety, as part of the Joining Forces program.

According to the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration, speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. The economic cost to society of speeding-related crashes is estimated to be $40.4 billion per year. In 2009, speeding was a contributing factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes, and 10,591 people died in speeding-related crashes.

Also, police say drivers continue to operate their vehicles and use their cell phones to talk or text despite the passage of NRS 484b.165, a new Nevada law that prohibits such behavior.

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