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Office of the Eaton County Sheriff - Weekly Update

Posted on: May 2, 2022

Weekly Update Article May 2, 2022

From April 24-May 1, 2022, Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 860 calls for service.  Higher call volumes occurred in the following areas:  Traffic Stops-198, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-59, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-43, Shoplifting Complaints-33, Traffic Violations-31, Alarms-26, Check Well-Beings-23, Property Damage Crashes-23, Traffic Hazards-21, Civil Complaints-18, Parking Violations-16, Domestic Disputes-15, Car/Deer Accidents-13, Personal Injury Crashes-12, Cardiac or Resp. Arrest-10, and Harassment-10.

May is National Bicycle Safety Month.  With increasing gas prices and about 80 million bicyclists sharing the road with vehicles, it is vital bicyclists – and drivers – take some safety precautions.

Cyclists, always inspect your bike prior to riding.

  • The seat should be adjusted to the proper height and locked in place
  • Make certain all parts are secure and working properly
  • Check that the tires are inflated properly
  • Make sure the bike is equipped with reflectors on the rear, front, pedals and spokes
  • A horn or bell, a rear-view mirror and a bright headlight also are recommended

Make certain drivers can see you.

  • Wear neon, fluorescent or other bright clothing
  • Whenever possible, ride during the day
  • If you must ride at night, wear reflective clothing and use flashing lights

Everyone should wear a helmet certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on every bike ride regardless of length of the ride. Follow these guidelines from NHTSA to properly fit your helmet:

  • Adjust sizing pads or fit ring until the helmet is snug
  • Position the helmet level on your head, covering the forehead and not tipped backward or forward.
  • Adjust the side straps so they form a “V” shape under and slightly in front of your ears
  • Center the buckle on the chin strap under your chin
  • Buckle and tighten the chin strap until it is snug; no more than one to two fingers should be able to fit between the chin and strap
  • When fitted, the helmet should not rock more than 1 inch side to side or front to back on your head

Stay safe on roadways by following these rules:

  • Bicyclists must follow the same traffic laws as motorists
  • Ride single-file in the direction of traffic
  • Remain alert, keep your head up and look around; watch for opening car doors and other hazards
  • Use hand signals when turning and use extra care at intersections
  • Never hitch onto cars
  • Before entering traffic, stop and look left, right, left again and over your shoulder

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 

 

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