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UNR police department receives grants to address alcohol and traffic violations on campus

UNR police department receives grants to address alcohol and traffic violations on campus

The University of Nevada, Reno Police Services has been awarded two grant funds from the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety to address a variety of traffic problems in 2018.

The first grant addresses impaired drivers, walkers and riders was awarded in the amount of $21,000. The project will provide overtime funds for special enforcement to address alcohol-related traffic problems including driving under the influence, underage drinking and impaired walking. According to police, these cause unsafe conditions for both pedestrians and drivers. The grant will also provide funds for the purchase of additional Portable Breath Testers and supplies to aid officers in enforcement.

The second grant was awarded in the amount of $12,000 for joining forces, a statewide traffic safety program which encourages multiple agencies to work together to enforce specific violations during scheduled campaigns. Officers will coordinate enforcement dates and conduct directed enforcement to address speed, distracted driving and pedestrian safety.

The Nevada Office of Traffic Safety reported 305 crashes in 2016 resulting in 330 deaths. Of those, 66 crashes were listed as alcohol-related, which caused 77 fatalities.

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