From October 1-8, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 679 calls for service/events. Higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-94, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-49, Follow-up of any kind-36, Traffic Violations-34, Shoplifting Complaints-34, Traffic Hazards-28, Alarms-25, Property Damage Crashes-22, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist-20, Check Well-Beings-17, Car/Deer Accidents-15, MDOP-14, Personal Injury Crashes-13, Civil Complaints-12, Larcenies-10 and Loud Noise-10.
National Teen Driver Safety Week – From the National Safety Council - Teens' Biggest Safety Threat is Sitting on the Driveway. Parental involvement doesn't end when a child gets a license. Teen drivers who continue to practice with their parents reduce their chances of being involved in a crash. Visit DriveitHOME for a variety of helpful resources to help your teen get the experience they need behind the wheel.
No state has laws strong enough to fully protect new teen drivers. Household rules about passengers, nighttime driving and cell phone use can fill gaps in state laws. Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced. They struggle judging gaps in traffic, driving the right speed for conditions and turning safely, among other things.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsors Teen Driver Safety Week and reminds parents they are the biggest influencers on their teen drivers, even if you think they aren't listening. Parents, set the rules before they hit the road with "5 to Drive":
- No cell phones while driving
- No extra passengers
- No speeding
- No alcohol
- No driving or riding without a seat belt
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich