From Oct. 25 to Sunday, additional Sparks officers were on the street looking for drivers who were speeding or impaired. These officers were funded by a grant that was awarded to the department by the Nevada Department of Public Safety.
Officers working the enforcement campaign wrote 152 speeding citations, eight seat belt citations, 27 suspended or revoked driver’s license citations, 32 no insurance citations, two reckless driving citations and 33 citations for miscellaneous offenses. Police arrested nine subjects for DUI and issued 45 warnings for minor infractions. In addition, Sparks police officers traveled to Carson City and assisted the sheriff’s department there with a DUI checkpoint where an additional five subjects were arrested.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, in 2008 about 12,000 people were killed in U.S. highway crashes involving a driver with an illegal blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. On average, 1,000 Americans are killed each month as a result of speed-related crashes, costing taxpayers more than $23 billion a year.