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Office of the Eaton County Sheriff - Weekly Update

Posted on: August 23, 2022

Weekly Update Article August 22, 2022

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 871 calls for service/events.   Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas:  Traffic Stops-223, Suspicious Situations/Subject/Vehicle-81, Traffic Violations-35, Check Well Beings-27, Larcenies-26, Property Damage Crashes-25, Alarms-24, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist-23, Traffic Hazards-19, Civil Complaints-18, Shoplifting Complaints-16, Personal Injury Crashes-14, Unwanted Subject-13, Argument or Verbal Altercation-12, Miscellaneous Animal-11, and Property Damage Hit and Run-10.

The Labor Day holiday weekend is just ahead and many of us will take to the highway for the “last” weekend of summer.  Stay safe by following these tips:

Driving Safety:  

  • Be well rested and alert, use your seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road. 
  • Don’t drink and drive. Have a designated driver available.
  • Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
  • Use caution in work zones. There are lots of construction projects underway on the highways.
  • Don’t follow other vehicles too closely.

 Heat Safety:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.

 Water Safety:

  • If you plan to swim in the ocean, a lake or river, be aware that swimming in these environments is different than swimming in a pool. 
  • Swim only at a beach with a lifeguard, within the designated swimming area. 
  • Make sure you swim sober and that you always swim with a buddy. 
  • If you are caught in a rip current, try not to panic. Signal to those on shore that you need assistance. Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current.

 Outdoor Safety:   

 Being prepared is critical when you are out in remote areas with limited access to phone service, hospitals and emergency help. Before you head out, follow these steps:

  • Make sure you have plenty of water. 
  • Share your travel plans and locations with a family member, neighbor or friend.
  • Pack a First Aid Kit – make sure to include insect repellant, sunscreen and personal medications.

 Yours in Public Safety

 Sheriff Tom Reich

 

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