Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 871 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-223, Suspicious Situations/Subject/Vehicle-81, Traffic Violations-35, Check Well Beings-27, Larcenies-26, Property Damage Crashes-25, Alarms-24, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist-23, Traffic Hazards-19, Civil Complaints-18, Shoplifting Complaints-16, Personal Injury Crashes-14, Unwanted Subject-13, Argument or Verbal Altercation-12, Miscellaneous Animal-11, and Property Damage Hit and Run-10.
The Labor Day holiday weekend is just ahead and many of us will take to the highway for the “last” weekend of summer. Stay safe by following these tips:
- Be well rested and alert, use your seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road.
- Don’t drink and drive. Have a designated driver available.
- Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
- Use caution in work zones. There are lots of construction projects underway on the highways.
- Don’t follow other vehicles too closely.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- If you plan to swim in the ocean, a lake or river, be aware that swimming in these environments is different than swimming in a pool.
- Swim only at a beach with a lifeguard, within the designated swimming area.
- Make sure you swim sober and that you always swim with a buddy.
- If you are caught in a rip current, try not to panic. Signal to those on shore that you need assistance. Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current.
Being prepared is critical when you are out in remote areas with limited access to phone service, hospitals and emergency help. Before you head out, follow these steps:
- Make sure you have plenty of water.
- Share your travel plans and locations with a family member, neighbor or friend.
- Pack a First Aid Kit – make sure to include insect repellant, sunscreen and personal medications.
Yours in Public Safety
Sheriff Tom Reich