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Office of the Eaton County Sheriff - Weekly Update

Posted on: October 31, 2023

Weekly Update Article October 30, 2023

From Oct. 22-29, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 758 calls for service/events.  Higher call volumes occurred in these areas:   Traffic Stops-115, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-54, Traffic Violations-43, Follow-up of any kind-38, Car/Deer Accidents-35, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist-33, Traffic Hazards-33, Shoplifting Complaints-31, Check Well-Beings-28, Property Damage Crashes-21, Alarms-20, Larcenies-13, MDOP-13, Civil Complaints-12, Personal Injury Crashes-12, and Domestic Disputes-10.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week – Sleep First Drive Alert

This important information is courtesy of The National Sleep Foundation.   Everyone is encouraged to prioritize sleep and drive when they are alert and refreshed. Together, we can help people drive alert and work to prevent thousands of motor vehicle crashes each year.

Drowsy driving is more likely to cause a crash - Just like drunk, drugged, and distracted driving, drowsy driving causes thousands of car crashes each year and killing an estimated 6,400 people in the U.S. alone according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports an estimated 100,000 crashes each year are caused primarily by drowsy driving, resulting in more than 71,000 injuries and $12.5 million in damages.

Drowsy driving is really risky - When you drive without adequate sleep, your motor skills are seriously impaired. In fact, it could be said that drivers who’ve only slept 3 to 5 hours in the last 24 hours are unfit to drive. Most people understand it’s risky, but they don’t think about the consequences.

Drowsy driving is dangerously common - Young drivers (aged 16-25 years) and shift workers are at greatest risk of falling asleep behind the wheel, but most drivers can relate to a time when they have nodded off while driving. Drowsy driving is preventable.  Adequate sleep is not only important to your overall health.  It is important for your safety and the safety of those you may encounter on the roads we share.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

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