Tahoe/Truckee law enforcement upping patrols for New Year’s weekend
December 29, 2009
TRUCKEE/TAHOE and#8212; State and local law enforcement officials are increasing patrols and deploying DUI-prevention tactics in anticipation of the New Year’s holiday weekend.
California Highway Patrol plans maximum deployment of all available officers, said Sgt. M. Stover, with additional roving DUI units tasked specifically to go after drunken drivers on Interstate 80 and the area state highways.
Nevada Highway Patrol will dedicate five separate 10-hour shifts to patrols exclusively looking for motor vehicle moving violations in the Lake Tahoe area, beginning Thursday, Dec. 31, and continuing through the weekend, said Chuck Allen, NHP public information officer.
The overtime shifts will be funded by the Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, Allen said, and officers will be excluded from regular patrols to focus exclusively on proper motor vehicle operation, he said.
and#8220;Officers will be specifically looking for impaired drivers, hazardous driving and other moving violations,and#8221; Allen said.
The Nevada Highway Patrol will not set up DUI checkpoints because citizens have gotten used to beefed up patrols during the holiday, Allen said, which has served as a deterrent to drunken drivers.
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and#8220;In general, residents are aware of the large number of law enforcement dedicated to stop drunk driving and as a result most people choose to do the right thing and set aside a friend, relative, or spouse for sober and safe driving on New Year’s Eve,and#8221; said Allen. and#8220;Still, there are a small percentage of people who make poor choices and we have staffed our officers accordingly.and#8221;
In Truckee, however, Capt. Randy Fenn of the police department said beyond being fully staffed, nothing special is planned for the holiday.
and#8220;The big difference between New Year’s Eve and something like the Fourth of July is the special events and#8212; fireworks and a parade that bring a lot of people and associated traffic and#8212; which forces our need to bring on extra staff,and#8221; Fenn said.
He said he isn’t aware of any DUI checkpoints in the area, but regular patrol staffing will keep an eye out for alcohol-related issues.
and#8220;Any type of alcohol-related or inspired events and#8212; could be DUI, a problem at an establishment or a house party that gets out of hand,and#8221; Fenn said.
In Placer County the Sheriff Department is advising people to use common sense when celebrating, but a part from some additional staffing, no new plans are scheduled for the holiday, said Lt. Allan Carter.
and#8220;Take it slow, slow down, don’t drink, have a designated driver,and#8221; Carter said. and#8220;We want people to have a good time, but to do it safely.and#8221;
Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said it will bolster its staff and add one sergeant who will focus on motor vehicle infractions in Incline Village and Crystal Bay.
and#8220;Typically, in my 20-plus years experience in Incline Village, high patrol officer visibility is usually enough to cause individuals to make good choices in regard to driving while impaired during the holiday,and#8221; said WCSO Sgt. Bill Devine, adding that no DUI checkpoints are scheduled for Incline/Crystal Bay.