The Carson City Sheriff’s Office along with other law enforcement agencies throughout the state, will be participating in Joining Forces through the month of January. The focus of this event will be impaired drivers.
Grant funding for this event is provided by the Nevada Department of Public Safety-Office of Traffic Safety. The funds are used to pay for additional deputies who will be out looking for impaired drivers.
Other events that will be held in the future focus on pedestrian safety, seat belt use, distracted driving, speeding and impaired driving. The object of these events is to increase safety on our roadways and reduce crashes which can lead to death and injuries.
A total of 284 people died in traffic crashes during 2014. That is 18 more than were killed the previous year.
A spokesman for the Nevada Department of Transportation said fatalities have increased in recent years after a number of years of decreases from the state’s all-time high of 432 in 2006.