“What’s New in County 22?”
This time of year we are usually preparing for all the summer events coming up. I would like to share some safety issues I’ve written about in the past, so that everyone can have an enjoyable time and no one gets hurt.
Summertime usually means “busy time” here at the sheriff’s office. Every weekend throughout the summer there is usually some city event or local event going on. Normally we assist the cities with their events by directing traffic for parades or assisting with special events. I also have the patrol deputies pay special attention to the areas where events are also taking place for added safety and security. The purpose for increasing patrol in these areas is not to increase the tickets we write, but for people to see us and say, “Hey, I better watch what I’m doing and behave.” I enjoy them because I can get away from the office and talk to people and answer any questions or concerns they may have.
During the summer we also have numerous Tractorcades (tractor parade), motorcycle rallies, car cruises, or even boat “poker runs”. We all want to have fun, but we need to do it safely!
Drivers need to slow down and pass with care when they approach a Tractorcade. These vehicles are driving probably half to one third of the speed you are on the highway, and you do not want to run into the back of one. They should have a SMV “slow moving vehicle” sign on the back to alert you they are there. Most of the Tractorcades I’ve driven behind will pull over for you on the straight stretches of road so you can pass safely. Please do not pass a tractor at an intersection. If the tractor fails to signal a left turn, they could turn into you.
Motorcycle rallies and Car cruises are usually going the same speed as you but the motorcycles are harder to see. Same as tractors please don’t pass at an intersection. When I pull up to an intersection I usually take a double look both directions. The first time you look, you might be looking right through a motorcycle coming up to the intersection you didn’t see the first time. The second time you look you just might see them, so I always double check. If it is a busy intersection, I will even look more.
UTVs have become a popular item. Please obey our county ordinance and state laws. I enjoy side by side riding along with everyone else but violating the rules is going to ruin it for everyone. Our county ordinance may be found at; http://www.claytoncountyia.gov/DocumentCenter/View/476/Regulations-Off-Road-Utility-Vehicles-Ordinance-1-2017
All these folks have just as much right to the roadways as you do. When asked, we usually provide support by assisting with traffic control for these events at dangerous intersections provided that I have enough man power to do so. No one wants to see an accident. If you have an event you would like some traffic control help, please give me a call at the sheriff’s office (563)245-2422, and I will do what I can to assist you. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!
And if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me at email@example.com, or stop by to see me.
Thanks and be safe,
Sheriff Mike Tschirgi