SPARKS — The Sparks Police Department, with the Nevada Highway Patrol, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department and the Reno Police Department will add additional officers to the streets April 2 through April 16, to target speeding violations, motorcycle violations, and distracted driving with an emphasis on cell phone usage.
The additional officers are funded by a grant that provided by the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety, as part of the Joining Forces program.
According to NHTSA, speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. The economic cost to society of speeding-related crashes is estimated by NHTSA to be $40.4 billion per year. In 2009, speeding was a contributing factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes, and 10,591 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes.
In 2009, in fatal crashes, 35 percent of motorcycle riders involved were speeding. People continue to operate their vehicles and use their cell phones to talk or text despite the passage of NRS 484b.165, which prohibits that behavior.
The Sparks Police Department reminds all drivers, in vehicles and on motorcycles, to follow the posted speed limit and discontinue using cell phones while driving.