Reno Police Preparing for Another Busy Hot August Nights
Wednesday August 9, 2017 kicks off the 31st Hot August Nights event in Reno and the Reno Police Department is anticipating a busy, fun-filled event for our community and tourists visiting the area. In preparation for the event, the Reno Police Department wants to remind everyone planning on going downtown or visiting venues outside of the downtown area of some travel and safety tips.
There will be more vehicles and pedestrians sharing the road throughout the region this week. We’d like to remind drivers of their obligation to remain aware of pedestrians in and around the roadways as well as their obligation to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Pedestrians are asked to remain aware of on-coming traffic and make eye-contact with drivers before crossing the street. Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to put their cell phones away while driving or crossing the street as being distracted significantly increases your risk of being involved in a crash. If you drink, don’t drive, and have a plan to get home safely.
There will be an increase in traffic officers assigned to this event to promote safety and enforce traffic laws. Officers will be actively enforcing traffic violations for speeding, illegal street racing and other exhibitions of speed. Drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians, and pedestrians breaking right-of-way laws may also be cited.
The Reno Police Department also wants to remind citizens to avoid leaving valuables such as purses/wallets and electronic equipment inside their vehicle. If items of value have to be left in your vehicle, they should be hidden out of view. Police also suggest participants and attendees be proactive in trying to prevent their classic car or car trailer from being stolen by utilizing anti-theft devices or strategies to discourage theft.
There will also be some street closures in the downtown area that may affect your commute to work during Hot August Nights. Virginia Street will be largely closed between Liberty and 6th St throughout the event. For more information on road closures during the event, please go to the City of Reno’s web page.
This year’s cruise route will again be down Virginia St to State St starting Wednesday through Saturday between 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm. A reduction to one travel lane on Center St will be between Sixth St and Liberty St during the cruise so some delays should be expected. Businesses downtown will remain open and otherwise be completely accessible.
The event will end on Sunday morning with a parade along Virginia St that will also cause some traffic delays in the downtown area.
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