Between April 9-16, 2023, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 845 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-145, Traffic Violations-42, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-40, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-38, Check Well-Beings-38, Alarms-35, Property Damage Crashes-27, Shoplifting Complaints-21, Prisoner Transport-18, Traffic Hazards-16, Domestic Disputes-16, Larcenies-14, EMS Assists-11, Property Damage Hit & Run-11, Car/Deer Accidents-10, and Unwanted Subject-7.
Prom Safety: For many of our area schools, Prom is just a few short weeks away. While shopping for the perfect dress, arranging all the details, and the anticipation of the night are exciting for your teen. As parents, ensuring their safety is foremost in your minds. Here are things you talk to your kids about to keep them safe:
- If they’re driving, make sure they know the roads, their ride is ready to go, that they have enough gas, and check their directions to the prom site and prom start times.
- Have their phone charged and keep it with them.
- Don’t leave a drink unattended or take a new beverage from someone they don’t know. If their glass is ever left alone, tell them to get a new one.
- Never ride in a car with someone who is impaired in anyway. Tell the driver not to speed and ask them not to text while driving. They need to drive safely and alertly.
- If they’re driving, limit the number of passengers. Statistics for teens, show that as the number of passengers increases, the risk of getting into a collision increases.
- WEAR SEATBELTS! According to the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 70% of prom deaths drivers and passengers were not wearing seat belts.
- Give them a plan to call for help. Whether it’s a parent, aunt, uncle or other adult, give them an escape plan if they feel they’re in an uncomfortable situation. Give them a safe harbor plan and don’t be afraid to use it. Tell them to trust their instincts and don’t take chances.
Their prom night is a lifelong memory, be safe.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich