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Office of the Eaton County Sheriff - Weekly Update

Posted on: November 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Weekly Update Article November 8, 2021

Overall Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 807 calls for service/events during the dates of October 31-November 7.  Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas:  Traffic Stops-127, Suspicious Situations/Subject/Vehicle-52, Car Deer Accidents-51, Traffic Violations-49, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist-40, Traffic Hazards-30, Shoplifting Complaints-25, Property Damage Crashes-25, Check Well Beings-24, Alarms-23, Domestic Disputes-21, Personal Injury Crashes-15, Unwanted Subjects-13, Larcenies-11, Civil Complaints-8, and Property Damage Hit and Run-7.

It’s that time of year again.  The leaves are falling, the nights are cooler, and the deer are running.  To avoid hitting a deer, use these defensive driving tips:

  • Be especially attentive during peak deer hours - From sunset to midnight and during the hours shortly before and after sunrise
  • Use extra caution when driving through deer-crossing zones. Be especially careful in places known to have a large deer population and in areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forestland.
  • Know that deer seldom run alone.  If you see one deer, others may be nearby.
  • Use high beam headlights if driving at night, when there is no oncoming traffic. The higher light will better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway.
  • Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.
  • Brake firmly but stay in your lane when you notice a deer in or near your path. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Most people injured in car-deer crashes were not wearing their seat belt.
  • Do not rely on deer-deterring devices. Deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors have not been proven to reduce deer-vehicle collisions.
  • If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch the animal. A frightened and wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself. The best procedure is to get your car off the road, if possible, and call the police.
  • In the event a deer damages your car contact your insurance agent or company representative to report the incident.

 Yours in Public Safety,

 Sheriff Tom Reich

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