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Office of the Eaton County Sheriff - Weekly Update

Posted on: August 18, 2020

Weekly Update Article August 17, 2020

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 872 calls for service/events.  Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas:  Traffic Stops-153, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-77, Traffic Violations-49, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-37, Alarms-31, Check Well Beings-27, Traffic Hazards-26, Domestic Disputes-25, Shoplifting Complaints-25, Larcenies-23, Property Damage Crashes-21, Civil Complaints-17, Car/Deer Accidents-12, Breaking and Entering-11,  Disorderly Person or Subject-11, and Property Damage Hit and Run-11.

I have owned several motorcycles as an adult, my last motorcycle was a Harley Davidson Classic.  I really enjoyed my Harley; however, I had many close calls riding my Harley – some drivers just didn’t pay attention.  As with any vehicle that you are driving, don’t drive if you have consumed alcohol -

Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over - Last week’s article brought attention to the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.  The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office wants our motorcycling community to understand the importance of sober riding with the message Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over.  This national enforcement campaign is also in effect August 19-September 7th.  

Sobering Statistics from 2018:

  • There were 4,985 motorcyclists killed.
  • During the month of August 2018, which coincided with the Labor Day holiday weekend, motorcycles accounted for approximately 25% of the alcohol-induced fatalities.
  • Thirty-nine percent of motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes were alcohol-impaired.  The highest percentage of fatally injured, alcohol-impaired motorcycle riders were 40-to-44 years old.
  • Motorcycle riders killed in traffic crashes at night were almost 3 times more frequently alcohol-impaired than those killed during the day.
  • Not only is riding drunk illegal, it is extremely dangerous, especially for motorcyclists.
  • Motorcycles can be difficult to spot.  Vehicles have blind spots that can have dire consequences for motorcyclists. 

Financial Impacts

  • On average, a DUI can set you back $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing, and more.
  • If you’re caught drinking and riding, you can face jail time, loses your driver’s license and your motorcycle.

Always remember to plan ahead if you will be celebrating. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously and do not consume alcohol, not even one drink.

  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and ride. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 9-1-1.
  • Do you have a friend who is about to drink and ride? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely.

Keep this important message in mind: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. Drive High, Get a DUI.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


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