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Enforcement increased to reduce traffic fatalities

Staff Reports

Fatalities due to impaired driving and riding continue to be a top traffic issue on Nevada’s roadways and with overall fatalities at an increase in comparison to this time last year, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and the Nevada Highway Patrol aligned with Joining Forces to boost enforcement efforts.

“We have a zero tolerance for impaired drivers who put themselves and everyone else on our roads at risk of serious injury or even death,” said Sheriff Ron Pierini. “Nevada’s goal is Zero Fatalities.”

Starting today and lasting through Nov. 2, the three agencies will have additional patrols to address impaired drivers and riders throughout Douglas and Lyon Counties.

Impaired driving fatalities have consistently been the most common cause of motor vehicle accidents resulting in injuries and death in Nevada.

While alcohol related crashes and fatalities have decreased 48-percent compared to this time last year, there has still been an increase in overall fatalities to date. With the summer months in rear view, a period known by enforcement officials as the “hundred deadliest days,” enforcement officials are reminding motorists to make responsible decisions when taking to the roadways as the holiday months approach.

What seems like a small buzz can have deadly consequences when taking to the roadways. Illegal drugs, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and lack of sleep can also impair your ability to drive safely. Law enforcement want to remind motorists to always drive and ride sober or use a designated driver to reach your destinations safely.

In efforts to achieve the “Zero Fatalities” goal this holiday season, drivers and riders are encouraged to know the law for blood alcohol levels and to abide by the following guidelines:

■ designate a sober driver before drinking;

■ use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation if impaired;

■ take advantage of local sober ride programs;

■ call 911 if a drunk driver is spotted on the road;

■ take the keys or assist in making other arrangements for someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired

For resources and laws pertaining to impaired driving and riding, please visit http://www.zerofatalitiesnv.com/dont-drive-impaired.

According to statistics kept by the Nevada Highway Patrol there were 13 crashes in Northern Nevada during August involving impaired drivers. Northern Nevada NHP troopers reported arresting 85 people in Northern Nevada for driving under the influence of alcohol.