Oct 03

Fatal Traffic Crash, Mayfield Twp

On Monday 10-02-2017 at 5:12 PM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to the intersection of N. Lapeer (M-24) and Davis Lake Road in Lapeer (Mayfield Township) for an injury traffic crash involving a motorcycle.

Paul Scott age 70 from Lapeer was the rider of a 2016 Harley Davidson Motorcycle. Paul Scott was traveling west on Davis Lake Road and entered the intersection (traveling straight thru) with a green traffic light for his direction of a travel.

An 82 year old male from Fostoria was traveling north on Lapeer Road operating a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 series pickup truck. Witnesses reported that the pickup truck entered the intersection with their direction of travel having a red traffic light.

The collision occurred within the intersection and is considered broadside. The motorcycle traveled north from the intersection and came to rest within the roadway. The pickup truck traveled northwest across the yard and parking lot of the Security Credit Union before coming to rest on the sidewalk near the building.

Paul Scott was transported to McLaren in Lapeer by Lapeer County EMS Ambulance Service. Paul Scott was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at McLaren. Paul Scott was not wearing a helmet.

The 82 year old male from Fostoria and his 82 year old wife (front passenger seat) were transported to McLaren in Lapeer by Medstar EMS with non-life threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation suggest that neither excessive speed nor alcohol are contributing factors. Once the investigation is complete, it will be presented to the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office.

The roadway was closed between Davis Lake and Mayfield Road for two hours while deputies investigated. This crash remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-656-1015 or jparks@lapeercounty.org

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Sep 08

School Bus Safety

School Bus Safety

School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Riding in a school bus is safer than walking, riding a bicycle, or being driven to school in private vehicles.

Today’s school buses are built with safety in mind. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children are protected in large school buses by compartmentalization, a passive occupant protection system. This provides a protective envelope consisting of strong, closely-spaced seats that have energy-absorbing padded seat backs that help to distribute and reduce crash forces. Compartmentalization is most effective when occupants are fully seated within the bus seat. Seating should be provided that will allow each occupant to sit on a school bus seat without any part of his or her body extending into the aisle.

The majority of bus-related deaths and injuries involve pedestrians-mostly children-who are struck by a bus or injured when they are exiting the bus to cross traffic.

School bus safety tips for drivers:

  • Prepare to stop when a slowing bus has its overhead yellow lights flashing
  • Stop at least 20 feet away for buses when red lights are flashing, unless driving in the opposite direction on a divided highway
  • Slow down in or near school and residential areas
  • Look for clues-such as safety patrols, crossing guards, bicycles, and playgrounds-that indicate children might be in the area
  • Watch for children between parked cars and other objects

School buses are like traffic signals

  • When overhead lights are flashing yellow: Prepare to stop
  • When overhead lights are flashing red: Stop
  • When hazard warning lights are flashing: Proceed with caution

School bus safety tips for students:

  • Always stay in sight of the bus driver
  • Don’t hurry off the bus; check traffic first
  • Don’t go back to the bus after exiting

Source: http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-72297_64773_22760-287566–,00.html 

Jul 16

Media Release Fatal Traffic Crash | North Branch Township

On Sunday 07-16-2017 at 1:58 AM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County
Sheriff’s Deputies to a motorcycle injury traffic crash on Burnside Road to the west of Slattery Road in North Branch (North Branch Township). This was reported by a
motorist who discovered the motorcycle rider positioned within the roadway.

Douglas Secord age 61 from Lum was the rider and lone occupant of a Harley Davidson motorcycle that was traveling west on Burnside Road. This area is very rural and a deer traveled north in direction across the roadway in Secord’s path.

Secord who was not wearing a helmet was ejected from his motorcycle and came to rest within the roadway. The motorcycle and deer (deceased) came to rest along the south shoulder. Douglas Secord was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies closed the roadway for several hours to investigate
this fatal traffic crash. Alcohol is being investigated as a potential contributing factor.
This case remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone
with information is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-656-1015 or
jparks@lapeercounty.org.

Authority/Created by: D/Sgt. Jason Parks
Release: Sunday 07-16-2017 at 8:30 AM.

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