Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 895 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes were in the following areas: Alarms (26), Argument or Verbal Altercation (10), Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists (35), Check Well-Beings (19), Domestic Disputes (15), Shoplifting Complaints (32), Larcenies (23), Disorderly Person or Subject (16), Operating While Impaired (5), Personal Injury Crashes (13), Property Damage Crashes (31), Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle (57), Traffic Hazards (29), Traffic Stops (137), Traffic Violations (41), and Drug Offense/Drug Overdose (3).
For nearly all of the school districts in the county, school starts the week of August 19th. As motorists, parents, and children, this means we will all encounter school busses. Please take a few moments to review the following rules from NHTSA for safety around bus stops and busses with the kids and drivers in your home.
Safety reminders for kids -
Safety Starts at the Bus Stop - Your child should arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Walk to the bus stop and show your child where to wait for the bus: at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb. Remind them that the bus stop is not a place to run or play.
Get On and Off Safely - When the school bus arrives, your child should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay before approaching the bus door. Your child should use the handrails to avoid falling.
Use Caution Around the Bus - Your child should never walk behind a school bus. If your child must cross the street in front of the bus, tell him/her to walk on a sidewalk or along the side of the street to a place at least five giant steps (10 feet) in front of the bus before crossing. Your child should also make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing to make sure the driver can see him/her. If your child drops something near the school bus, like a ball or book, the safest thing is for your child to tell the bus driver right away. Your child should not try to pick up the item, because the driver might not be able to see him/her.
Safety reminders for drivers are -
- When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
- When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
- Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
- Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
- Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
On busses, yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Slow down and prepare to stop your vehicle. Red flashing lights and extended stop-arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Stop your car and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before you resume driving.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich