Tahoe/Truckee law enforcement gears for New Year’s holiday weekend | SierraSun.com

Tahoe/Truckee law enforcement gears for New Year’s holiday weekend

Jason Shueh nd Matthew Renda
Sierra Sun
Sun File PhotoNot that it's advised any weekend, but drunken driving this holiday weekend is probably not the best idea of motorists.

TRUCKEE/TAHOE and#8212; Law enforcement agencies are preparing for an onslaught of motorists as the holiday rush continues for New Yearand#8217;s weekend, and, as usual, are warning travelers to take caution and have designated drivers.

Truckee Police Chief Nick Sensley said his department will be fully staffed and will watch for motorists under the influence of alcohol. He advised drivers to be calm, allow for extra time to reach destinations and celebrate responsibly.

and#8220;Weand#8217;re going to be fully staffed because it is a time of year that brings an inordinate amount of people into town,and#8221; Sensley said.

While law enforcement assistance will be on the rise, Sensley said no increase of staffing will be added from last year. Sensley said he is confident in his current patrols to handle the holiday crowds.

and#8220;We donand#8217;t have any out of the ordinary increase in staffing over the holidays because a lot of what happens along the road way will be coordinated with other agencies such as the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans,and#8221; he said.

California Highway Patrol issued a release on Dec. 20 to advise motorists it will add special enforcement teams to patrol California highways. Its special enforcement begins Friday at 6 p.m. and continues until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Numerous calls this week to the Placer County Sheriffand#8217;s Office seeking comment about possible increased patrols or DUI checkpoints went unreturned.

Regional law enforcement agencies will collaborate in increasing DUI enforcement throughout the region in anticipation of the New Yearand#8217;s weekend.

The Washoe County Sheriffand#8217;s Office, Reno Police Department, Nevada Highway Patrol and Sparks Police Department will team up to provide additional personnel on patrol beginning Friday night throughout Washoe County, said Washoe County Sheriffand#8217;s Office Public Information Officer Armando Avina.

and#8220;We really encourage people to have a good time and celebrate the new year,and#8221; Avina said Tuesday. and#8220;But you have to be responsible and consider the consequences.and#8221;

Money for the increased patrol will be supplied through a Nevada Department of Public Safety Joining Forces Program grant.

While DUI checkpoints are not planned as part of the weekendand#8217;s procedure, increased patrols of streets looking for drunken drivers are planned, Avina said.

Sgt. Rob Stepien of the Nevada Highway Patrol said there are no plans to institute a DUI checkpoint in Incline Village on New Yearand#8217;s Eve.

and#8220;We will have regular patrols concentrating on the casino corridor near the stateline,and#8221; he said.

Stepien said NHP will dedicate two five-person squads to Stateline, Nev., where a large gathering of revelers is anticipated on Friday night. About 60,000 people, the Douglas County Sheriffand#8217;s Office estimates, come to the Stateline casino corridor to celebrate the new year.

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