Sheriff’s Message for SPRING
As we think about spring, we think of warmer weather and lately, wonder if it will ever arrive. The schools will be letting out for summer and we will all be looking for ways to enjoy the sunshine. Please remember to be safe this spring and most of all drive responsible.
With the ice melted and more people biking and walking; it is every driver’s responsibility to drive safely. When you operate a motor vehicle, you have the power to take a life; make sure you that driving is your top priority when you are behind the wheel. You can make the difference in preventing a crash.
April has been designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Michigan texting law prohibits drivers from reading, manually typing or sending a text message while driving. Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it involves three main types of distraction: visual – taking your eyes off the road, manual – taking your hands off the wheel, and cognitive – taking your mind off the task of driving. Passengers are urged to promote safety as well by reminding drivers to focus on driving.
Although teens are the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes, it is everyone’s responsibility to not drive distracted. Parents and other adults have to lead by example and never drive distracted.
Enjoy this spring and please remember to drive safe.
Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.