Holiday weekend brings visitors, but no fatalities |

Holiday weekend brings visitors, but no fatalities

Renée Shadforth

Though the crowds packed in to town and onto Interstate 80 over the July Fourth weekend, it was a relatively quiet time for area law enforcement.The Truckee area CHP doubled its force in the Truckee-North Tahoe area over the weekend, bringing in officers from other departments in the state.”We get a lot of tourist vacationers,” said Kirk Bromell, CHP public affairs officer. “Fourth of July has always brought a massive influx of tourists … so we always beef up patrol.”There were no major accidents or fatalities on Interstate 80 from Kingvale to the state line, but there were several fender benders, Bromell said. The CHP made 24 drunken driving arrests this year, over last year’s 17, he said.With traffic stuck in gridlock at Lake Tahoe, Bromell said there were several motorcycle and bicycle officers on patrol on the North Shore.In town, the entire Truckee Police Department was on the clock on Sunday, said Truckee police Lt. Jeff Nichols. Several officers worked the entire day, and the department slimmed down its patrol Sunday night.”More trouble occurred later,” Nichols said. “We might have to adjust for that next year.”He estimated there were approximately 10,000 people viewing the fireworks at West End Beach, with 6,000 at the beach and another 3,000 to 4,000 in the streets around Donner Lake. There were a few arrests for public intoxication at the beach, two drunken driving arrests and no major accidents, Nichols said.It took police approximately two hours to clear drivers out of the Donner Lake area.”Overall the crowd was really good and well-behaved,” Nichols said, adding that most of the “trouble makers” were visiting from out of the area.