Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 904 calls for service/events. Our more higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Alarms (30), Argument or Verbal Altercation (14), Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists (35), Check Well-Beings (23), Domestic Disputes (17), Shoplifting Complaints (27), Larcenies (28), Disorderly Person or Subject (7), Car/Deer Accidents (10), Personal Injury Crashes (8), Property Damage Crashes (21), Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle (66), Traffic Hazards (32), Traffic Stops (141), Traffic Violations (40), and Drug Offense/Drug Overdose (3).
It’s the end of summer, and many of us are sending our kids off to college for the first time. Our kids will still need us. They will just need us in different ways now - as a trusted advisor and/or sounding board to discuss anything and everything. Among the many important conversations you’ll have with your college-age kids, alcohol is one especially important topic you must talk about. The following are just a few important facts to know about alcohol and college students:
- Legal drinking age. The legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years of age.
Know what binge drinking is. Binge drinking is a manner of drinking in which an excessive amount of alcohol is consumed in a very short amount of time. That’s four drinks for women and five drinks for men, in about two hours.
“Pre-gaming” means drinking. This term doesn’t mean drinking while tailgating at sporting events. Actually, there is no “game” requirement associated with pre-gaming. It means getting a head start on drinking. For some it means binge drinking, but it can also be before a concert, social event, or for any reason.
The first six weeks of college matter. Sometimes referred to as the “Red Zone” – the first six weeks of the school year are critical for ensuring your kid is getting off to a good start – with good habits and choices. Stay in touch, especially during the first six weeks of college. Communicate however works best for you, i.e., phone call, video call, or text. Just be consistent and regular.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich