Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 808 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Alarms-42, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-47, Car/Deer Accidents-17, Check Well Beings-41, Civil Complaints-12, Domestic Disputes-15, Drug Offense or Overdose-4, Fireworks Complaints-17, Larcenies-17, Property Damage Crashes-24, Shoplifting Complaints-20, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-57, Traffic Hazards-21, Traffic Stops-106, Traffic Violations-43, Unwanted Subject-6.
Now that the days are warmer and social distancing is being practiced more freely, our kids are able to be outside enjoying the sunshine and wanting to ride their bikes. Bike riding is a lot of fun, but accidents happen.
Why Should Kids Wear a Bike Helmet? Wearing a helmet that fits well every time they’re on a bike helps protect their face, head, and brain if they fall down. That’s why it’s so important for them to wear their bike helmet whenever they’re on a bike even if they’re going for a short ride. And follow these rules:
- Make sure the bike helmet fits well.
- Always wear the helmet the right way so it will protect them. Make sure it covers their forehead and don’t let it tip back. Always fasten the straps.
- Don’t wear a hat under the helmet.
- Take care of the helmet and don’t throw it around. If it’s damaged, it won’t protect them as well when they need it.
- Get a new helmet if they fall while they’re on their bike and hit their head.
- Put reflective stickers on the helmet so drivers can see them better.
What’s the Right Bike for your child? When they’re on their bicycle, they should be able to stand straddling the top bar of the bike so that both feet are flat on the ground.
Making a safety checklist is important.
- Make sure the seat, handlebars, and wheels fit tightly.
- Check and oil the chain regularly.
- Check brakes to be sure they work well and aren’t sticking.
- Check tires to make sure they have enough air and the right amount of tire pressure.
What Should be Worn When Bike Riding?
- Wear bright clothes and put reflectors on the bike. It helps other people on the road see you.
- Make sure loose pant legs, backpack straps, or shoelaces cannot catch in the bike chain.
- Wear the right shoes — sneakers. Sandals, flip-flops, shoes with heels, and cleats won’t help them grip the pedals. And never go riding barefoot!
- Don’t let kids wear headphones because the music can distract them from noises around them, such as a car blowing its horn.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich