Reno Police Preparing for Another Busy Hot August Nights
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 kicks off the 32nd Hot August Nights event in Reno. 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 outside venues 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 vehicles. If items of value have to be left in your vehicle, they should be hidden and out of view. Police also suggest that 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 Street throughout the event starting August 7 at 12:00 p.m. – August 13 at 8:00 a.m. For more information on road closures during the event, please see our Road Closures web page.
This year’s cruise route will again be down Virginia Street to State Street starting Wednesday through Saturday between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. A reduction to one travel lane on Center Street will be between Sixth Street and Liberty Street during the cruise so some delays should be expected. Businesses downtown will remain open and otherwise be completely accessible.
Also be advised of heavy traffic in and around the Grand Sierra Resort (GSR) even though no road closures are scheduled at this time.
The event will end on Sunday morning with a parade along Virginia Street that will also cause some traffic delays in the downtown area.
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