Deputies step up traffic enforcement |

Deputies step up traffic enforcement

Staff Reports

Douglas County sheriff's deputies, in conjunction with the Lyon County Sheriff's Office, will be focusing on traffic enforcement at intersections and crosswalks through Thursday.

Officers will be looking for red light and stop sign violations, pedestrian violations, speeders and distracted drivers, said DCSO Sgt. Pat Brooks.

"Key factors in many of the recent fatal highway traffic accidents have been driver inattention and failure to yield to pedestrians." Brooks said. "Deputies from both agencies will continue to enforce all traffic violations on all roadways throughout the county; these violations in particular will be targeted and enforced. Citations will be issued to violators."

Brooks said Sheriff Ron Pierini reminded motorists to slow down, pay attention, and drive defensively.

"Distracted, hurried or inattentive driving could lead to a life-ending tragic accident," he said.

The enforcement detail is partially paid for by a grant from the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety, Brooks said.

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