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Office of the Eaton County Sheriff - Weekly Update

Posted on: August 5, 2020

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Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 827 calls for service/events.  Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas:   Traffic Stops-139, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-66, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-46, Traffic Violations-36, Check Well-Beings-32, Shoplifting Complaints-27, Alarms-26, Domestic Disputes-20, Civil Complaints-19, Property Damage Crashes-19, Traffic Hazards-19, Larcenies-18, Threats-14, Disorderly Person or Subject-13, Unwanted Subject-10, and Weapons Violation-8.

STOP ON RED WEEK – August 2-8

Stop On Red Week is observed the first week in August to educate the public and bring awareness to the number and severity of intersection crashes.  Innocent lives are lost every day because drivers recklessly decide to run red lights.  

Sliding through stop signs is among the most common causes of accidents on the road.  In 2016, 808 people were killed and 137,000 were injured as a result of drivers running red lights.  In the same year, 39% of people were injured in crashes in which motorists ran traffic controls.  

Here are 10 reasons to STOP ON RED –

  • Red light running can be fatal.
  • One in three Americans know someone who has been injured or killed in a red-light running crash.
  • Between 2004-2018, an estimated 11,877 people were killed in red-light running related crashes.
  • On average, 2 people died each day in red-light running crashes in the U.S. in 2017.
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.
  • In 2018, 139,000 people were injured in crashes involving red-light running.
  • Over half of the deaths in red-light running crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in vehicles other than the vehicle running the red light.
  • Nearly 85% of drivers say it is unacceptable to go though red-lights, yet nearly 31% admitted to doing so in the past 30 days.
  • The most common type of urban crashes involve drivers who run red lights, stop signs or other traffic controls.
  • Red-light running is often a result of aggressive or distracted driving and is completely preventable.

This is just another thing we can all do to keep our neighborhoods and each other safe.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


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