Serious Crashes Increase Around 4th of July Holiday
The Sparks Police Department along with other Nevada Law Enforcement Agencies Proactive in Battling Statistics
Sparks, NV – Every year, the Independence Holiday brings an increase of alcohol consumption resulting in increased serious injuries and fatalities. In order to combat this, Sparks Police Department is working with various law enforcement agency partners through the Joining Forces Program to boost enforcement efforts to address impaired driving and riding offenses. Throughout the month of July, officers will be looking for impaired motorists and motorcyclists in hopes to discourage the behavior and to send a strong message about the consequences that accompany drinking and driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) reports that Nevada has seen an increase in fatalities of 4% compared to the same time last year. If the State mirrors the 2014 trend, approximately one-third of fatalities this year will involve alcohol.
To help achieve the State’s Zero Fatalities goal, Nevada drivers and riders are encouraged to use the following guidelines:
· Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
· If impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
· If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact 911.
· If someone is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements.
Statistics and other related information are available online at http://ZeroFatalitiesNV.com/sober.
The Sparks Police Department would like to thank the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety for the grant that makes Joining Forces a possibility.
FLOODING IN EAST SPARKS ON SPARKS / VISTA/ BARING / SPRINGLAND /PRATER STAY OUT OT THE AREAS
On June 29, 2015 at about 3 p.m., Sparks Police, Sparks Fire and REMSA personnel responded to a report of a traffic accident at the Jackson's Food Mart, 2095 Brierly Way in Sparks.
When personnel arrived they learned that a small grey Hyundai sedan had entered the parking lot of the business, driven around the back of the business and struck at least two cars, continued around toward the front of the business and struck on of the support posts for the large awning that covers the area of the gas pumps at the business.The gas pumps were not struck. The Hyundai was driven by 55 year old Sparks resident Lisa Fortin.
Two patients including Fortin, were transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Some witnesses did report that the Hyundai was traveling at a high rate of speed. That possibility, along with the possibility that a medical condition or alcohol may have been a contributing factor were all being initially investigated. As the investigation progressed Fortin was believed to be under the influence of alcohol. She was issued a citation for DUI with a court date to appear at Sparks Municipal Court. Fortin was issued a citation in lieu of being booked because she was receiving continuing medical treatment for injuries suffered in the accident.
On June 3, 2015, an unidentified black male adult made three separate transactions using stolen credit card information. The suspect made purchases at the Kmart located at 2125 Oddie Blvd, Walgreen’s located at 2299 Oddie Blvd, and at an unidentified 7-11. All transactions occurred within hours of each other.
The victim resides in another state and had her personal credit card in her possession at the time the suspect presumably used a counterfeit credit card containing her credit card number.
The total loss amounted to over $600.00. Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspect depicted in the surveillance photos provided by Walgreens is asked to contact Secret Witness or the Sparks Police Department.