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Office of the Eaton County Sheriff - Weekly Update

Posted on: February 14, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Weekly Update Article February 13, 2023

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

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