Overall, Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 902 calls for service. Higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-286, Suspicious Situation/Subject/Vehicle-59, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist-33, Shoplifting Complaints-28, Traffic Violations-27, Car/Deer Accidents-26, Check Well Beings-24, Alarms-21, Property Damage Crashes-20, Traffic Hazards-19, Larcenies-19, Civil Complaints-18, Vacation Checks-18, Miscellaneous Incidents-17, Domestic Disputes-13, Disorderly Person or Subject-9, .
Teen Winter Driving Safety – The worst of our winter weather may be behind us, but we still have the possibility of a few more snow storms and that dreaded freezing rain to deal with. It’s easy to get complacent when the roads are clear and the sun is shining; however, teen drivers do not have enough experience to react safely in bad weather. Parents, limit your teen's driving in bad weather. Allow unsupervised driving only in good weather during the first months with a license and gradually allow unsupervised driving in more severe weather as your teen gains more experience. And always stress - No cell phone use (or texting!!) in the car unless it is parked.
Here are some winter driving safety tips to help teens best navigate snowy, icy and slippery roads:
- Stay home, if possible. The best advice when the winter weather turns nasty is to stay home.
- Keep windshields and lights clear. Not only do you need to see what’s in front of you, but others need to see your vehicle as well.
- Remove snow from hood and roof. That’s because the snow left on the roof will quickly fall forward, obscuring visibility.
- Keep tires at proper inflation.
- Always have at least a half tank of gas. To avoid getting stranded by running out of gas.
- Stock a winter emergency kit, i.e., blankets, coats, hats, flashlight, emergency flares, water, and nonperishable food items.
- Keep your cell phone charged.
- Wear your seatbelt at all times, and insist any passengers do so as well.
- Always look and steer in the direction you want to drive.
- Don’t use cruise control on wet, slippery, snowy or icy roads.
- Avoid using the parking brake in cold, snowy, wet or slippery weather.
- Never drive when fatigued.
- Drive slowly. Remember that stopping times take longer in snowy conditions, so keep a following distance interval between you and cars ahead of eight to 10 seconds.
- Be careful braking. The best way is to use threshold braking, to apply steady pressure on the brake pedal.
- Lookout for stalled or stuck cars, pedestrians crossing a roadway, snow plows, tow trucks and other vehicles.
- If you do get stranded, stay in the vehicle and call for help.
Yours in Public Safety
Sheriff Tom Reich