During July 10-16, Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 799 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-158, Suspicious Situations/Subject/Vehicle-56, Traffic Violations-41, Check Well Beings-33, Alarms-31, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist-30, Larcenies-27, Shoplifting Complaints-24, Property Damage Crashes-19, Traffic Hazards-19, Car/Deer Accidents-16, Civil Complaints-14, Domestic Disputes-13, Disorderly Person or Subject-13, Argument or Verbal Altercation-13, and Personal Injury Crashes-10.
STOPPED (Sheriffs’ Telling Our Parents & Promoting Educated Drivers) program. This program is offered by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association (MSA) and State Farm Insurance. Many of us have new teen drivers. This is an excellent program and registration is free.
A parental notification system which was developed for the state by MSA, the goal of STOPPED is to reduce the number of young drivers who are involved in motor vehicle crashes each year. Parents voluntarily register their vehicles with MSA online at https://www.misheriff.org/programs/stopped/. 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. A driver’s license is one of the most visible symbols of a child’s progression into adulthood. However, bad habits are difficult to change once set.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich