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Sanilac County Sheriff starts new parental notification system


Dear Editor,

Readers can start the New Year without getting STOPPED.

Sheriff Virgil Strickler and the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office is kicking off a new program with the support from our local police departments and state police. STOPPED stands for 'Sheriffs Telling Our Parents and Promoting Educated Drivers.' A parental notification system developed for the state by the Michigan Sheriff's Association, the goal of STOPPED is to reduce the number of young drivers who are injured or killed in motor vehicle crashes each year.

Annually more than 3,000 drivers ages 16-21 die in the U.S. as a result of motor vehicle crashes.

The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office is pleased to offer parents this free, voluntary notification system that extends their watchful eyes and raises the level of awareness for drivers under the age of 21.

Parents voluntarily register with the Michigan Sheriff's Assocation any motor vehicle that will be operated by a driver under the age of 21. A decal is issued by the Michigan Sheriff's Association and should be affixed to the front windshield of the registered vehicle.

If for any reason the registered vehicle is stopped by an officer and the driver is under 21 years of age, the officer will complete a notification card that provides information such as the time and location of the stop, driver's name and number of passengers in the vehicle, reason for the stop and whether any citations were issued. The notification will then be mailed to the parents in order to make them aware of potential problems and enable them to enforce parental rules that often coexist with teenage driving privileges.

Register by going online to www.michigansheriff.com or by calling Sgt. Charlene Washkevich at 1-800-881-5911, ext. 631.

Sanilac County Sheriff's Office
January 09, 2008

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