From May 21-28, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 901 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-125, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-50, Traffic Violations-42, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-35, Shoplifting Complaints-30, Check Well-Beings-26, Property Damage Crashes-26, Alarms-23, Traffic Hazards-22, Domestic Disputes-20, Car/Deer Accidents-18, Larcenies-17, Civil Complaints-13, Personal Injury Crashes-11, Unwanted Subject-10, and Property Damage Hit & Run-9.
New Teen Drivers -
The school year is coming to a close and summer is nearly here. Many of you with teens wanting to learn to drive will be bugging you to take them practicing. Here are some pointers from the National Safety Council.
When practicing driving with your teen, start with low-risk situations and work up to more complicated scenarios. Begin in daylight, good weather, and on remote roads or empty parking lots. Then, you can gradually move to dusk and nighttime driving, inclement weather and busier roads. Start with basic skills (turning, parking and backing up) before moving to more complex skills. And, keep other passengers out of the vehicle when practicing with your teen. Neither of you need the distraction.
- Be calm and patient – If you just had an argument or someone is upset, wait to take the drive. Make sure the atmosphere is right for a good experience.
- Expect mistakes – The only way your teen can learn is to make mistakes, so accept this, be positive and try to help minimize risk when the mistakes happen. Praise correct driving.
- Give proper instructions – Explain what your teen should do in advance, in a clear, calm voice.
- Stay focused – Remember that your teen is still learning, and you are the experienced driver. Scan the roadway for hazards and be ready to react, eliminate distractions, and always encourage this behavior in your teen.
- Drive the way you want your teen to drive – Remember, teens see their parents as role models. That doesn’t change when they get a license. When you are behind the wheel, don’t do anything you wouldn’t want your teen to do. If he or she catches you – admit to your mistakes. It shows your new driver that it is never too late to start driving safely.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich