June 2017: Highway Travel Safety
With summer in full swing and vacation season under way, this month’s Safety Corner will focus on highway safety. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol there have been 354 fatalities due to vehicle accidents from January 1 2017 until June 13 2017. To prevent you from becoming part of this tragic number here are some tips and laws to keep in mind as you travel.
Missouri has a law called “slow down and move over”. This law was set into place to help protect Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, and Ambulances conducting business along a roadway. It simply states a driver must move over (when safe) or slow down when passing a stopped emergency vehicle displaying emergency lights. As of August 2012, this law now applies to Missouri Department of Transportation vehicles. For safest practices, if you see a vehicle along the shoulder of a road way slow down and move over. This is a safe practice for a stranded vehicle, an emergency vehicle, Missouri Department of Transportation vehicles, and tow trucks.
Missouri has not adopted a ban on cell phones while driving. There are, however, laws in place that prevent use of a cell phone by a driver 21 years of age or younger or texting while operating a commercial vehicle. Again, the safest and best practice is not to use your cell phone for texting. If you need to make a call or text either pull to the side of the road and turn on your hazards or use a hands-free device. It is never safe to read or type a text message while your vehicle is in motion.
As you travel and need to make a stop at night, please find a well-lit area to make a stop. If you need gas please find a well-lit gas station. This is for your safety, you never know who may be in the dark.
If you are tired please find a place to stop and rest. Driving tired is similar in actions as driving drunk. When you become tired your reaction time slows.
Don’t drink and drive. If you are drinking please have a driver. Remember, you may feel you are okay to drive, however, that is your impairment speaking for you. If you are caught drinking and driving you will go to jail, lose you license for 30 days, have to pay a fine, go to court, and if you get caught three times it becomes a felony. Besides all of that every time you get behind the wheel intoxicated you are at risk of injuring other drivers, or worse.
As always, if you have questions or concerns feel free to contact the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office.
We are here to protect you and help you from becoming a victim.
Detective Zach Long
July 2017: Home Security, Water, and Heat Safety
With the recent weather reaching dangerous heat levels and an outbreak of severe storms we figured it best to do a three-part safety corner. We will be giving tips on water safety, how to deal with the heat, as well as how to secure you home when you are gone on vacation.
Securing your home:
As always, the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office is here to help you in any way. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Nodaway County Sheriff's Office
April 2017: How to Avoid Scams
Anyone can become a victim of Scam or Identity theft. This can happen without warning or even without being contacted by the suspect; however, most scam and identity thefts can be prevented with knowledge.
Here are a few hints to prevent you from becoming a victim:
We at the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office are here for the citizens of this County. If you have any concerns or questions please contact us.
Below is a list of tips to keep your ghosts and goblins safe on one of their favorite holidays.
Here are some hunter safety tips. Full disclosure this is only a portion of the safety tips and it is recommended to became certified in hunter safety.
Here are some tips on travel and overall holiday safety. Some of these tips you may have never thought of, and some you may already know.
Now let’s get on to how to not be a victim when you are home.
Domestic Violence Awareness
First and foremost, know the signs. The following is a list of signs that could be indicators of a violent relationship:
For those of you who are a victim or fear a family member or friend are victims with nowhere to go, here is a list of some of the outreach programs you can contact:
Circuit Court of Nodaway County, Missouri
305 North Main Street
Maryville, MO 64468
Northwest Missouri Children and Family Center
Court Advocate, Meghann Kosman
Crisis Line 1-866-382-7867
Maryville Public Safety Department
222 East Third Street, Maryville
Nodaway County Sheriff's Department
404 North Vine, Maryville
Campus Safety Department
Northwest Missouri State University
The above link is a great source of information on how to handle domestic violence and what the victim’s options are.
Once again, if you think you, a family member, or friend are victims or at risk of being a victim, please reach out. As always, we here at your Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office are always available to answer any questions or to help in any way we can. We need your support in bringing this epidemic to an end in our county.
Scam Info and Prevention
There are new scams coming out every day and as always, we at your Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office feel prevention is the best policing we can do.
Here are some ways to prevent becoming a victim of a scam:
As always, your Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office is just a call away. If you have any questions or feel you have become a victim of a scam please feel free to call and a Deputy will assist you.
Cold Weather Safety
Welcome back to your Nodaway County Safety Corner.
Here are a few ideas and tips that could make your life easier or possibly save a life.
We at your Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office are always just a call away. If you need anything or know someone in need please reach out and we will do all we can to help. Stay safe and warm.