Between February 5-12, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 767 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-130, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-45, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-40, Shoplifting Complaints-34, Traffic Violations-33, Property Damage Crashes-25, Traffic Hazards-21, Car/Deer Accidents-20, Check Well-Beings-19, Larcenies-18, Alarms-18, Assist Other Police Depts-16, Vacation Checks-16, Unwanted Subject-13, Domestic Disputes-11, and Civil Complaints-10.
Car Deer Accidents – Aside from the varying weather conditions and driving distractions Michigan and Eaton County citizens face each day while driving, car/deer accidents pose yet another obstacle. How many Eaton County drivers can say they’ve never hit a deer. In 2022 alone, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to 897 car/deer accidents.
Here are some tips to avoid a crash:
- Stay aware, awake, and sober.
- Vehicle-deer crashes occur year-round but be especially alert in spring and fall.
- Signs are placed at known deer crossing areas to alert you of the possible presence of deer.
- Deer are herd animals and frequently travel in single file. If you see one deer cross the road, chances are there are more waiting.
- Be alert for deer, especially at dawn and dusk. If you see one, slow down.
- Don't rely on gimmicks, flashing your high-beam headlights or honking your horn to deter deer.
If a crash is unavoidable:
- Don't swerve. Brake firmly, hold onto the steering wheel, and bring your vehicle to a controlled stop.
- Pull off the road, turn on your emergency flashers, and be cautious of other traffic if you exit your vehicle.
- Report the crash to the nearest police agency and your insurance company.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich