SHERIFF'S CORNER: Calls for Service, October 2022

In his Sheriff's Corner this month, Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin speaks on building relationships to promote public safety.

In his Sheriff's Corner this month, Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin speaks on building relationships to promote public safety.

Pioneer file photo

Once in a while you may see a pickup truck pulling more than one trailer. Quite often this is a camper trailer combined with a boat. Is this legal? The answer to this is yes. We refer to this as "recreational doubles".

This term refers to a pickup truck pulling a fifth-wheel trailer, with a second trailer attached to the rear. This leaves out your standard ball-hitch being used twice. The first trailer must be a fifth-wheel.

Here are the Michigan RV towing laws specific to recreational doubles:

  • The pickup truck must have a towing rating equal to, or greater than, the weight of the trailers it is towing.
  • To operate a recreational double, drivers must have an “R” endorsement on their license.
  • The total combined length of the three units — pickup truck, fifth-wheel trailer, and second trailer — must not exceed 75 feet.
  • The gross weight of the second trailer cannot exceed the empty weight of the pickup truck or the empty weight of the fifth-wheel trailer.
  • The hitch used to tow the second trailer must be attached to the frame of the fifth-wheel trailer.
  • Safety chains for the second trailer must be securely attached at the extreme outer edge of the fifth-wheel trailer with a locking mechanism.
  • A trailer cannot drift more than three inches to either side of the path of the towing vehicle when traveling in a straight line on a level, smooth, paved surface.

So, what is the "R" endorsement?  Anyone age 18 or older may apply for the endorsement at a Secretary of State office. Applicants must pass a written test designed to sample the knowledge needed to operate vehicle combinations of this type. There is a $10 fee for the endorsement. A skills test is not required.

(Note: Drivers who have a Group A Commercial Driver License with a “T” (double trailers) endorsement may legally operate a recreational double without obtaining the “R” endorsement.)

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.

  • 911 Hang up    4
  • Abandoned Call    3
  • Abandoned Vehicle    7
  • Accidents Falls    33
  • Agricultural Fire    3
  • Alarms    33
  • Allergic Reaction    2
  • Animal Control    23
  • Annoyance Threats    9
  • Assault    3
  • Assisting Other Agencies    33
  • Attempt to Locate / Well Chk    21
  • Be on the Look out    14
  • Bear Complaint    2
  • Bleeding    5
  • Blood Draw    2
  • Breaking and Entering    12
  • Breaking and Entering in Progr    1
  • Breathing Difficulty    34
  • Business Property Check    59
  • Car Animal    4
  • Car Deer    46
  • Chest and Heart Problems    21
  • Citizen Assist    11
  • Civil Complaints    17
  • Civil Standby    6
  • Code K    3
  • Covert Investigations    3
  • Covert Opps    1
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct    4
  • Death Notification    2
  • Diabetic    10
  • Disorderly Person    2
  • Disturbance    6
  • DNR Complaint    7
  • DNR Violation    1
  • Domestic    18
  • Driveaway    4
  • Dumping Complaint    4
  • Embezzlement    1
  • EMS Assist    2
  • EMS Coverage    35
  • EMS Transfer    53
  • Fire Alarm    2
  • Follow up    72
  • Foot Patrol    1
  • Found Property    8
  • Fraud    5
  • Gas Odors    5
  • Harassment    19
  • Hit and Run    2
  • Illegal Burning    3
  • Interview    9
  • Jail Pick up/Transport    11
  • Juvenile    11
  • Juvenile Runaway    2
  • Larceny    26
  • Lift Assist    9
  • Lines down    1
  • Liquor Inspection    1
  • MDOP    9
  • Medical Alarm    3
  • Mental Emotional    5
  • Missing Person    3
  • Motorist Assist    4
  • Open Line    3
  • ORV  Traffic Stop    41
  • ORV Accident    14
  • Overdose    3
  • Pain Back Abdominal    8
  • Paper Service    23
  • Patrol Area    156
  • Personal Injury Accident    18
  • PPO Request Violation    2
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth    1
  • Property Check    15
  • Pursuits    2
  • Reckless Driver    13
  • Reckless ORV    6
  • Requesting a Specific Officer    2
  • Road Hazard    10
  • Rollover    9
  • Seizures    4
  • Sick Unknown    60
  • Silent Observer Tip    1
  • Smoke/Unknown Fire    1
  • SOR Check    1
  • Special Event Coverage    6
  • Stationary Radar    26
  • Stroke    10
  • Structure Fire    8
  • Suicide/Attempted Suicide    6
  • Suspicious Person    9
  • Suspicious Situation    41
  • Suspicious Vehicle    22
  • Traffic Control    3
  • Traffic Stop    184
  • Trespass    9
  • UDAA    1
  • Unconscious Unresponsive    12
  • Unwanted Person    10
  • Vehicle Fire    4
  • VIN Inspection    4
  • Warrant Arrest    10
  • Weapons    1

— 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.