SHERIFF: TRADITIONALLY, SUNDAY EVENING SEES SPIKE IN INCIDENTS OF HOLIDAY CRASHES
Sheriff BeGole Cautions Extra Safety, Preparedness for the Ride Home
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Sheriff Brian BeGole says Sunday evening is among the heaviest travel times for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, so he's cautioning drivers to be prepared and safe while hitting the roads today. BeGole said 53% of those killed in 2015 Thanksgiving weekend traffic crashes were not wearing seatbelts. Always wear your seatbelt, get plenty of rest before driving and stay away from alcohol, BeGole says.
The holiday coincides with firearm deer season, which means hunters will add to the numbers on the road during the high-travel holiday. A large deer herd, combined with large numbers of cars on the road, creates a high-probability for collisions. "Most often, you see a deer near dawn or dusk," said Sheriff BeGole. Motorists are encouraged to look beyond the beam of their headlights for eyes of deer that may be near the path of your vehicle.
Trying to dodge a deer is not a good idea according to Sheriff BeGole. Deer often move erratically and swerving may cause you to lose control of your vehicle, resulting in injury or even death. In 2016, 1,240 injuries and 14 deaths were reported as a result of a vehicle-deer collision. The best way to avoid a vehicle-deer collision is to slow your vehicle down, flash your headlights and/or blow your horn to try and scare the animal. Deer travel together. If you see one, chances are others are coming so please proceed with caution.
Remember to heed deer crossing signs. If you do hit a deer, make sure to report it to your local police or the sheriff's office.
For more safety tips, Sheriff BeGole encourages residents to visit the Sheriffs' Association website at www.misheriff.org, where you can sign up to receive monthly newsletters. Founded in 1877, the Michigan Sheriffs' Association is the oldest law enforcement organization in Michigan.
CORUNNA STUDENT AMONG FIRST FROM MICHIGAN TO COMPETE IN OLYMPICS OF DANCE
Corunna Middle School Student Headed to Germany to Join Team USA
Posted by Corunna Now at 5:16pm 11/23/17 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Alison Wright is a 6th Grader at Corunna Middle School, and next week, she'll be one of the first Michigan dancers to join Team USA and compete at the "Olympics of Dance." The World Tap Dance Championship happens November 28th through December 2nd in Riesa, Germany, and three girls from Michigan are on the team this year.
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