Office of Traffic Safety pushes new program |

Office of Traffic Safety pushes new program

Staff reports

The third wave of a four-part annual push to curb traffic problems in Nevada began Monday with the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety-funded speed violators program.

According to the office, 45 percent of Nevada’s traffic fatalities involve speeding.

“We’ve selected speeding for this enforcement wave because so many traffic crashes could be prevented if drivers would travel at or below the speed limit,” said Paul Corbin of the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety. “Reaction time is cut dramatically at higher rates of speed.”

Under the program, the office gives grants to each participating law enforcement agency to step up enforcement in one area of traffic safety.

“The sheriff’s department has found this grant to be a blessing,” said Sgt. Lance Modispacher of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. “It allows officers to work overtime and concentrate specifically on speeding and safety belt violations.”

The final phase of this year’s program will focus on DUI violators and will begin in December. In all, 18 law enforcement agencies will be participating in the increased enforcement waves.

Participating law enforcement agencies include the Nevada Highway Patrol, the Reno Police Department, the Elko County Sheriff’s Department, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, the White Pine County Sheriff’s Department, the Fallon Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, the Storey County Sheriff’s Department, the Pershing County Sheriff’s Department, and the UNR Police Department.

Modispacher said he hopes the DCSO is able to work the entire grant period without having to issue a single citation.

“Ron Pierini is asking all citizens and visitors to observe the speed limits and wear your safety belts, please,” said Modispacher.