Message from Sheriff Michael Bouchard:
Winter Safe Driving and Ice Safety Tips
As temperatures continue to decline, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office wants to remind residents that no ice is 100% safe. The following ice safety tips should be reviewed to help you judge the recreational use of ice and to help you minimize your risk.
Additionally, extra precautions need to be taken when driving out on the roads during the winter months. Here are a few other tips for driving in the snow or ice:
Ofice wants to remind residents that there is no ice that is 100% safe. These following
- If you think you may be heading into snow or there is a possibility of driving in the snow, make sure you do a maintenance check on your vehicle before making the trip. Check the vehicle battery, belts and hoses, anti-freeze, oil, lights, brakes, heater and defroster and check the exhaust system for leaks which may allow carbon monoxide to enter the vehicle.
- Plan your route ahead of time and give yourself extra travel time. Make sure someone knows your travel plans.
- Wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict your movement while at the wheel. Keep warm clothing available for when you exit the vehicle.
- Always clear any snow and ice from all windows, lights, mirrors and the roof before driving. After starting the vehicle wait for the interior windows to clear of fog so you will have appropriate visibility.
- Make sure there is sufficient windshield washer fluid in the vehicle reservoir and that it is rated for freezing temperatures.
- It takes longer to stop on slippery surfaces, so add additional time to the three-second rule.
- Know the proper handling procedures for a skidding vehicle.
- Slow down in snow and icy conditions, make turns slowly, and make all starts slow and smooth.
- Remember that bridges and overpasses may freeze before the regular travel lanes of a roadway. Watch out for black ice, areas of the roadway that appear black and shiny and where your vehicle can suddenly lose traction. Slow down in these areas and keep your foot off the brakes.
- If you get stuck or stranded, don’t panic. Stay with your vehicle for safety and warmth. Wait for help to arrive. If you have a cell phone and are in an area with cell phone service, try calling for help. Try to always know your exact locations while driving.
- Keep your clothing dry. Wet clothing can lead to dangerous loss of body heat.
- Keep a winter driving survival kit in your vehicle.
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Operation Medicine Cabinet Announces Newest Prescription Drug Drop Off Site- Bloomfield Township Police Department Becomes Twenty First 21st Location in Oakland County
Operation Medicine Cabinet
™, an outstanding prescription drug take back program which provides citizens a means to properly dispose of their expired and/or unused prescriptions NO QUESTIONS ASKED, now has twenty-one drop-off locations
around Oakland County. Operation Medicine Cabinet™ illustrates our commitment to keeping all of our citizens safer, protecting our young people, and other unauthorized users from the harmful misuse of prescription drugs, understanding the needs of seniors, and the environmental implications related to improper disposal of medications.
(Help Eliminate Auto Theft) is Michigan's statewide auto theft prevention program that coordinates citizen action with law enforcement agencies through a confidential toll-free tip line for reporting information on stolen vehicles, chop shops, and suspected auto theft activities including insurance fraud, identity theft and carjackings. Call 1-800-242-HEAT 24 hours a day to report auto theft!
Telephone Solicitation Warning:
The Oakland County Sheriff's Office is a professional police organization that properly equips its deputies using funds from the County budget. The Sheriff's Office does not do any telephone soliciting of any kind, nor do we endorse the fundraising efforts of any organization claiming to be affiliated with the Sheriff’s Office. For more information, click here
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, referring agents
, and court-ordered clients
are all eligible for quick, accurate, convenient RESULTS!
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