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City of Reno media phone: 775-354-8780
Matthew B. Brown
Office: 775-785-5855 | Cell: 775-384-7430
Director of the Office of Communications and Community Engagement
Increased street racing calls in South Reno
With evening temperatures staying warmer the Reno Police Department has seen a significant increase in citizen complaints of illegal street racing in South Reno. The Reno Police Department has a no tolerance policy and wants to remind those who actively participate in these non-sanctioned events of the possible consequences.
Participants in illegal street racing will be either cited or possibly arrested. They could also face fines up to $1000 for the first offense, ordered to perform community service, and have their driver’s license suspended. If you are involved in an accident while illegal street racing you can face additional charges depending on the circumstances.
In a recent release from the Nevada Department of Transportation the Reno, Sparks and Washoe County area has seen a 100% increase in fatal accidents. In the first half of 2014 there have already been 22 citizens killed in accidents versus 11 in the first half of 2013. Washoe County was among eight Nevada counties that have seen an increase in traffic accident fatalities during the first half of 2014.
Citizens are also reminded with school starting soon to slow down, share the road with motorcycles and bicyclists and buckle up.
To report illegal street racing in your area please call the non emergency line of the Reno Police Dispatch at (775) 334-2677.