New Year’s Eve peaceful in Truckee |

New Year’s Eve peaceful in Truckee

Truckee and North Lake Tahoe welcomed 2002 in a fairly quiet manner, local law enforcement reported.

Despite the heavy crowds drawn to the area due to enormous snowfall, police reported few major incidents.

In town, the Truckee Police Department reported an extraordinarily calm New Year’s Eve, without a single drunk driving arrest in town limits.

“We didn’t get one DUI,” said TPD Cmdr. Scott Berry. “And they were trying, because I told them we wanted some.”

The Truckee station of the California Highway Patrol had 80 percent of its officers available for New Year’s Eve.

Only two DUI arrests were made by the CHP in the Truckee area, and they also responded to two traffic accidents between 5 p.m. New Year’s Eve and 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

“It was a very quiet New Year’s,” Berry added. “We’ve had a lot of traffic and a lot of tourists over the past weeks, but they’ve been well-behaved.”

Maybe all the revelers had left Truckee: New Year’s Eve celebrations in downtown Reno drew more than 40,000 people, while over 60,000 hit the casino corridor in South Lake Tahoe.

While no major accidents were reported on the California side of the Tahoe basin, there were two fatalities on the Mount Rose Highway near Incline Village.

A 69-year-old Incline Village man died of undetermined causes after a rollover on Dec. 27.

The next day, a 48-year-old Reno man was struck and killed by a flatbed truck as he stood on Mount Rose Highway near Apollo Way.