Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 883 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-248, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-47, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-37, Traffic Violations-36, Check Well Beings-32, Alarms-26, Car/Deer Accidents-26, Shoplifting Complaints-24, Traffic Hazards-19, Property Damage Crashes-18, Larcenies-16, Domestic Dispute-14, Unwanted Subjecct-14, Assaults-13, Civil Complaints-10, Suicidal Threat or Attempt-9.
This week is Teen Driver Safety Week. For many of us driving conditions are a lot different now than when we were teens just starting out driving. There are more signs, laws, and distractions. One thing is certain: teens aren't ready to have the same level of driving responsibility as adults. They are immature, have a lack of skills, and lack of experience. They speed, they make mistakes, and they get distracted easily – especially if their friends are in the car.
Here are some things you can do:
- Restrict night driving and passengers, prohibit driving while using the phone or other electronic devices, and seat belts must be worn.
- Talk to your teen about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. It is illegal to drink under the age of 21, and it is illegal—and deadly—to drink and drive.
- Remind your teen often that driving is a skill that requires the driver's full attention. Texts and phone calls can wait.
- Set consequences for distracted driving.
- Speeding is a critical safety issue for teen drivers. They should especially be aware of their speed during inclement weather, when they may need to reduce their speed, or with other road conditions, like traffic stops or winding roads.
Here is an important tool parents also have available to them - STOPPED PROGRAM - A parental notification system which was developed for the state by Michigan Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) with the goal of reducing the number of young drivers who are involved in motor vehicle crashes each year. Parents voluntarily register their vehicles with MSA online (www.misheriff.org). They may register any vehicle – car, boat, ORV, moped, motorcycle – that will be operated by a driver under 21. An identification decal is issued by MSA and affixed to the top left corner of the rear windshield of the vehicle where it serves as a constant reminder to the teen to always drive as if his/her parents are in the car.
If, for any reason, the vehicle is pulled over by a participating law enforcement agency while a driver under 21 is driving a notification is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle. Notification includes the time and location of the stop, the driver’s name and number of passengers in the vehicle, the reason for the stop and whether or not any citations were issued.
Remember - You have more influence on your teen than you may think.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich