SHERIFF'S CORNER: Calls for Service, August 2022

Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin

Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin

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The question of age, weight and/or height always comes up relating to child seat usage.  It really all comes down to AGE and/or HEIGHT. 

Here is a quick review of seat belts and child safety seats.

Michigan's Seat Belt Law: (MCL 257.710e)

  • The Michigan seat belt laws, which first took effect in 1985, have achieved a usage rate of more than 94%.
  • Michigan has a primary law which means law enforcement can stop and ticket drivers solely for not being buckled up.
  • Passengers 8-15 years old must wear a seat belt in all seating positions.
  • Drivers and front seat passengers must be buckled.
  • The shoulder belt should fit snugly over the shoulder with the lap belt low on the hips. Improperly wearing a seat belt, such as putting the strap below your arm or behind your back, is illegal.
  • Fine amounts vary by area but generally are about $65 for a seat belt ticket.

Michigan's Child Passenger Safety Law: (MCL 257.710d)

  • Children must ride in a car seat until they reach the maximum height and weight capacity of the seat.
  • Children must be properly buckled in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4 feet, 9 inches tall, whichever comes first.
  • Children younger than age 4 must ride in a car seat in the rear seat if the vehicle has a rear seat.
  • If all available rear seats are occupied by children under 4, then a child under 4 may ride in a car seat in the front seat.
  • A child in a rear-facing car seat may only ride in the front seat if the airbag is turned off.
  • Fines amounts vary by area but generally are about $120 for child seat safety violations.

CALLS FOR SERVICE: AUGUST 2022

It's time for the monthly "calls for service" report. This will provide you with an idea of the prior month's response for public safety services within the county.

  • 3500/VCSA    2
  • 911 Hang up    5
  • 911 Text    1
  • Abandoned Call    2
  • Abandoned Vehicle    3
  • Accidents Falls    33
  • Active Shooter (Training)    3
  • Alarms    32
  • Allergic Reaction    8
  • Animal Bites    2
  • Animal Control    42
  • Annoyance Threats    10
  • Assault    11
  • Assisting Other Agencies    36
  • Attempt to Locate / Well Check    31
  • Bear Compliant    1
  • Bleeding    4
  • Breaking and Entering    14
  • Breaking and Entering in Progress    4
  • Breathing Difficulty    42
  • Burns    2
  • Business Property Check    64
  • Car Animal    3
  • Car Deer    7
  • Chest and Heart Problems    17
  • Citizen Assist    13
  • Civil Complaints    20
  • Civil Standby    14
  • Code K    8
  • Covert Investigations    2
  • CPR Child    3
  • CPR Infant    3
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct    2
  • Diabetic    7
  • Disturbance    12
  • Domestic    20
  • Driveaway    2
  • Dumping Complaint    1
  • EAS Notification    2
  • EMS Assist    5
  • EMS Transfer    59
  • Fire Alarm    2
  • Follow up    69
  • Found Property    6
  • Fraud    7
  • Gas Odors    3
  • Harassment    16
  • Head Injury    2
  • Headache    1
  • Illegal Burning    1
  • Jail Pick up/Transport    30
  • Juvenile    5
  • Juvenile Runaway    2
  • Larceny    40
  • Lift Assist    3
  • Lines down    3
  • Liquor Inspection    1
  • Lost Property    1
  • MDOP    6
  • Medical Alarm    15
  • Mental Emotional    19
  • Missing Person    3
  • Motorist Assist    6
  • Open Line    2
  • ORV  Traffic Stop    36
  • ORV Accident    7
  • Overdose    1
  • Pain Back Abdominal    7
  • Personal Injury Accident    35
  • PPO Request Violation    2
  • Property Check    29
  • Property Damage Accident    8
  • Reckless Driver    18
  • Reckless ORV    6
  • Road Hazard    11
  • Seizures    9
  • Shooting Complaint    1
  • Sick Unknown    73
  • Silent Observer Tip    1
  • Smoke/Unknown Fire    4
  • SOR Check    1
  • Special Event Coverage    8
  • Stroke    13
  • Structure Fire    8
  • Suicide/Attempted Suicide    1
  • Suspicious Person    11
  • Suspicious Situation    26
  • Suspicious Vehicle    19
  • Traffic Stop    250
  • Trespass    10
  • UDAA    1
  • Unconscious Unresponsive    20
  • Unwanted Person    15
  • Vehicle Fire    2
  • VIN Inspection    3
  • Warrant Arrest    7
  • Water Incidents    3
  • Watercraft Traffic Stop    6
  • Weapons    2
  • Wild Land Fire    4

— This information is provided to you for clarification on specific laws, and not legal advice. This is not to be construed as a personal opinion, agreement or disagreement of any specific law. Topics covered are for educational and informational purposes only. As needed, excerpts from other articles are used for reference and/or content. If you have any questions on any specific topic, you may always email me your questions to rmartin@co.lake.mi.us.