Between April 10-17, 2022, Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 773 calls for service/events. Higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-133, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-43, Traffic Violations-40, Traffic Hazards-35, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-34, Property Damage Crashes-29, Check Well-Beings-25, Car/Deer Accidents-21, Alarms-18, Shoplifting Complaints- 18, Larcenies-17, Civil Complaints-11, Miscellaneous Animal-11, Domestic Disputes-10, Argument or Verbal Altercations-10, and Personal Injury Crashes-7.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Every day, at least 9 people die and 1,000 are injured in distracted driving crashes. Cell phones, dashboard touch screens, voice commands and other in-vehicle technologies, as well as eating, reading, and grooming all pose a threat to our safety. Whether we are drivers, passengers, teens, or pedestrians, we all realize how important it is to keep our focus on driving; we cannot take this responsibility lightly.
When you text and drive, your eyes are off the road for an average of five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed! Michigan law prohibits a driver from reading, manually typing or sending a text message while driving. Consequences include a $200 fine for first offense and $300 for subsequent offenses.
To avoid driving distracted before you get behind the wheel:
- Designate a front-seat passenger to serve as a “co-pilot” to help with maps or navigation systems. If you are driving alone, map out destinations in advance.
- Pre-program your favorite radio stations for easy access and connect any music streaming devices you use before you begin driving.
- Ensure all children are properly buckled up. Teach them the importance of good behavior and remaining buckled up while in a vehicle. Do not underestimate how distracting it can be to tend to them in the car.
- Complete any personal grooming before you start driving or after you reach your destination.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich