RENO — Motorists who refuse to designate a sober driver or fail to get sober transportation — beware. The 2012 start-of-summer “Impaired Driving” awareness and enforcement campaign kicks off today to help save lives by cracking down on those who choose to drive impaired. This enforcement mobilization runs through July 8.
The “Joining Forces” “Impaired Driving” awareness and enforcement campaign is made possible by grant funding received 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 infraction, and speed and pedestrian safety. The purpose of this event is to educate the driving public in regards 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.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is “Joining Forces” with the Reno and Sparks Police Departments and the Nevada Highway Patrol to help save more lives 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. Through awareness and enforcement law enforcement wants 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,” Deputy Armando Avina said. “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 motorists from driving impaired.”
The Sheriff’s Office reminds the public to drink responsibly, designate a sober driver, and utilize a taxi service or public transportation. It’s always best practice to have a safety plan before starting your festivities. Motorist should know that law enforcement personnel are out enforcing DUI laws year-round.