The Lyon County Sheriff’s office participated from Aug. 19 through Sept. 7, with other agencies across the commonwealth in the 2020 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
Locally, the department worked a total of 26 hours of traffic enforcement. Six hours of that was overtime paid for deputies through a highway safety grant.
During that timeframe, deputies arrested three allegedly drunk drivers, wrote 13 speeding citations and two seatbelt citations, charged four people for driving on a suspended license, and cited four operators for not having insurance on their vehicles. Only a few minor wrecks were reported over the Labor Day holiday weekend period.
“I was pleased with the efforts of our staff, deputies specifically,” Sheriff Brent White said. “I also am pleased that the public responded because most of the time we probably would see more arrests and more citations. Thankfully, we did not have any more than that and the wrecks all were fairly minor.”
The stated objective of the project is to reduce serious injury and fatality crashes in and around Lyon County.
“Most people don’t realize — but some do — that we have an influx of 20,000 to 30,000 people in and around Lyon County during these holiday periods,” White said. “So, naturally, when more cars are on the road, there’s more propensity for bad things to happen.”
During holiday periods, a number of people become festive. The sheriff said that can become a problem when they get behind the wheel, when they’ve had too much to drink or consumed controlled or illicit substances, which might impair their driving abilities.
“So, the main thing we’re trying to do is keep everybody on our roadways safe during this period of time,” White said. “And, yes, we make no bones about it. We put it out on social media and otherwise that we are going to be out there during this period of time to try to prevent these serious injury and fatality crashes.
“I don’t believe we’ve had a fatality on our roadways during this holiday time.”