Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 862 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-208, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-71, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-41, Traffic Violations-41, Alarms-32, Shoplifting Complaints-26, Check Well Beings-22, Property Damage Crashes-20, Domestic Disputes-20, Traffic Hazards-17, Assault-14, Car Deer Accidents-11, Larcenies-11, Personal Injury Crashes-11, Civil Complaints-11, and Suicidal Threat or Attempt-11.
Many of our school districts are allowing students in the classrooms now, and we are seeing school buses on our roadways once again. What a perfect time to remind ourselves of what our responsibilities are when approaching a school bus.
Drivers - When a school bus is stopped with its red lights flashing and its stop arm extended, you must stop your vehicle at least 20 feet from the bus. Oncoming traffic and motorists approaching the bus from behind may not move until the stop arm is retracted and the red lights are no longer flashing.
For many families it has been several months since your kids have ridden the bus. Here are a few simple safety rules for you to talk about with them to ensure their safety on the bus:
- Be early for the bus.
- Never run to or from the bus.
- Be alert and stand back from the curb.
- Don’t push or shove.
- Stay in your seat.
- Don’t yell or shout.
- Always obey the driver.
- Wait for the driver’s signal before crossing the street.
- Always walk at least 12 feet (6 giant steps) in front of the bus when crossing the street.
- Never crawl under a school bus.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich