County 22

What’s New in County 22?”

Currently we are in the process of getting ready for the Clayton County Fair. We provide extra security for the residents along with traffic control. We also answer calls while at the fair and I enjoy talking to the public. Sometimes you may see what seems like a lot of deputies at the fair but most of them are probably working their normal shift and have stopped by the fair to see how things are going. We also normally have an extra person working when there is an entertainment event. Some entertainers require at least 2 officers. We provide traffic control and try to make it a safe environment for everyone to enjoy.

School will be starting soon. Back to school means that school buses will be out and about. Last year we had more violations of passing a stopped school bus then I can remember. Drivers of vehicles need to be aware of school buses out there and the frequent stops they make. If you are convicted of violation of unlawful passing of a stopped school bus you could lose your driving privileges for a period of time. I found some tips for children riding the school bus that may be useful. Please start a conversation with your child on some or all of these.

Getting on the Bus:

  • When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness

  • Do not stray onto the street, alleys or private property

  • Line up away from the street or road as the bus approaches

  • Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus

  • Use the handrail when boarding

Getting Off the Bus:

  • Use the handrail when exiting

  • If you have to cross in front of the bus, first walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the driver

  • Make sure the driver can see you

  • Wait for a signal from the driver before crossing

  • When the driver signals, look left, right, then left again. Walk across the road and keep an eye out for sudden traffic changes

  • If your vision is blocked, move to an area where you can see other drivers and they can see you

  • Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver signals it is safe

  • Stay away from the rear wheels of the bus at all times

If someone passes a stopped school bus, the driver of the school bus is required by law to report this to law enforcement. A lot of buses have video cameras which help us out a lot by showing the vehicle and driver’s violation. Bus drivers have a special form they fill out and give to us. The driver reports the description of the motor vehicle and its occupants along with a license plate if one is obtained. If you are at a school bus stop and see this happen, please do the same and document all the information you saw and report it to your local law enforcement authorities. If you believe traffic is getting out of hand and dangerous in a certain area, call us and let us know to do more patrol. Please drive safe.

If you have any questions, or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me, or stop by to see me.

Thanks and be safe,

Sheriff Mike Tschirgi