From July 24-31, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 727 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-140, Suspicious Situations/Subject/Vehicle-54, Traffic Violations-39, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist-32, Check Well Beings-28, Shoplifting Complaints-25, Alarms-23, Traffic Hazards-23, Larcenies-18, Domestic Disputes-17, Property Damage Crashes-17, Civil Complaints-13, Car/Deer Accidents-11, Property Damage Hit and Run-9, Personal Injury Crashes-9, and Disorderly Person or Subject-7.
The 2022-2023 school year is nearly upon us. Drivers need to be on high alert between 7:00-8:00 a.m. and 3:00-4:00 p.m. since these are times children travel to and from school. Here are five important points to remember when driving near schools or playgrounds:
- Be on the Lookout for School Zones - designated areas near schools and playgrounds and are specifically designed to help keep children safe as they walk to and from school. Remain alert when driving. There are many types of pavement markings, school zone signs, and crosswalk barricades that alert you to slow down.
- Expect More Traffic in School Zones - School zones are clearly marked because there is a lot more congestion around schools as children walk to school and as buses and parents try to drop off or pick up children each day. You should schedule at least 15 extra minutes each day when driving through a school zone, and if you need to drop off or pick up your child then you should expect at least 20-minute delays.
- Reduce Driving Speeds in School Zones - Speed limits drop in these areas because injuries and damages resulting from an accident are reduced when vehicles are traveling at lower speeds. A school zone speed limit can drop as low as 10 or 15 miles per hour. Pedestrians always have the right of way, and you should expect children to run out into the road without warning.
- Watch Out for Pedestrian Crossings - Schools are high-trafficked areas. When you see a crosswalk sign in a school zone, you should slow down even if you do not see anyone crossing the street. This is an excellent practice to get into so that you anticipate pedestrians. If there is traffic, make sure you do not block crosswalks or stop in the middle of them.
- Stop for School Buses - It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus that has a stop sign extended and lights on. Drivers should always yield the right of way to school buses. Additionally, make sure that you share the road with buses and do not try and beat them at intersections and in paring lots. Be mindful of children who are waiting at a bus stop.
Yours in Public Safety
Sheriff Tom Reich