Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office News Release - November 27, 2012:
The Indiana Sheriff’s Association and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office offer you the following tips and information to assist you in making this Holiday Season safe and secure!
It is often said, if you do not like the weather in Southern Indiana, just wait, it will be different tomorrow. That is even more accurate through the winter months. Weather related road conditions can change and deteriorate very rapidly and without much notice.
This time of year, high deer movement can add to the dangers of driving, particularly in rural settings. However, deer can be almost anywhere in Indiana.
Firearm deer season coincides closely with holiday travel season, which means hunters will add to the numbers of vehicles and deer 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. In 2011, 53,592 deer-vehicle crashes were reported. These crashes caused 1,295 injuries and 8 deaths.
The best way to avoid a deer/car collision is to slow down and stay alert. Deer travel together, if you see one, chances are, others are nearby.
Always heed deer crossing signs. If you do hit a deer make sure you report it to law enforcement.
Despite statistics showing that seat belt usage in the U.S. has increased over the years with about 9 out of every 10 travelers now buckling up, there is still room for improvement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that if all drivers and passengers wore seatbelts, approximately 8,000 lives would be saved annually nationwide.
With the arrival of winter weather coming any day the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association suggests the following safety tips for safe travel:
Winter driving tips:
The holidays, a time for cheer, hope and joy are here, but with them can come an increase in crime. Crooks love the holidays as much as everyone else because they represent an increased opportunity. Here are some quick tips:
As family and friends reunite this holiday season many leave their houses empty, which is tempting to burglars. Take the following steps to make your absence less noticeable and your home less attractive to burglars.
On-line shopping is a great way to save time, travel and money, but it can be a hazard if you don't take steps to protect your identity. Here are several tips to help make your on-line shopping experience a safe one.