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Posted on July 31, 2018 at 1:03 AM by Craig Johnson
“What’s New in County 22?”
It seems a lot of the time when people ask me what is going on at our office I usually say we are busy. This time I would have to say we have been really, really, busy. Every weekend it seems there are multiple events going on. We usually start the summer out with Strawberry Days and helping with all the city summer events, directing traffic for tractorcades, motorcycle rides or rallies, car cruises, etc., while still responding to calls and car accidents. I normally have the patrol deputies pay special attention to the areas where the events are taking place during the evening, in case city officers need back up.
Drivers need to slow down and pass with care when they approach a Tractorcade. These vehicles are driving probably half 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 have gotten 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. Some of the newer bikes have better lighting but do not take that for granted. Same as tractors please do not pass at an intersection. In addition, 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 did not see. 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.
All these folks have just as much right to the road as you do. When asked, we usually provide support by assisting with traffic control for these events at dangerous intersections, provided I have enough manpower to do so. No one wants to see an accident. If you have an event you would like some help with, please give me a call at the sheriff’s office (563)245-2422 ext.4, and I will do what I can to assist you.
We are currently planning and scheduling to get ready for the Clayton County Fair. It sounds today like the weather should be nice and hopefully they have a good crowd. We are also scheduling for the Volga Truck cruise later this month. They are trying to break the Guinness Book of World records for longest truck cruise. I believe they are trying to get over 2000 trucks for the cruise. We have asked for help from the State Patrol on both events with traffic control.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by to see me.
Thanks and be safe,
Sheriff Mike Tschirgi