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Sheriff Scott A. Steward
CONCEALED FIREARMS PERMITS
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SHERIFF URGES MOTORCYCLE SAFETY
With the recent warmer weather, motorcycle riders here Park County are finally able to get back and out on two wheels again. While it still may be a little early for motorcycles to be out in full force, some are starting to get ahead of others and get out on the pavement. Consequently, the Park County Sheriff’s Office reminds motorists and motorcyclists alike to “share the road” in order to help prevent motorcycle crashes, deaths and injuries on area roads.
“Finally getting that bike out and feeling the wind in your face, you just feel like you’re all of a sudden free again after all winter,” commented Sheriff Scott Steward, a motorcycle rider himself. “But fatal crashes with motorcycles are on the rise nationwide, and helmet usage is on the decline. We all need to be more aware of motorcyclists in order to save lives.”
In 2016, 5,286 people died in motorcycle crashes, up 5.1 percent from 5,029 in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Motorcycle fatalities have increased for the second year in a row and are at the highest level since 2008, when 5,312 people died in motorcycle crashes. In 2016, motorcyclists were 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled.
“It’s up to all motorists and motorcyclists alike to make our roads safer,” said Steward. “By following some simple, common sense safety tips like obeying speed limits and staying focused on the road, deaths and injuries in Park County can be prevented.”
NHTSA also offers the following tips to drivers on how to prevent a fatal crash with a motorcycle:
- Though a motorcycle is a small vehicle, its operator still has all the rights of the road as any other motorist. Allow the motorcycle the full width of a lane at all times.
- Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
- Be cautious not to misjudge the speed of an approaching motorcycle, especially at intersections. Because they are smaller, motorcycles can appear to be moving slower than their actual speed.
- If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful: motorcycle signals are often non-canceling and could have been forgotten. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
- Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
- Always allow more following distance – three to four seconds – when behind a motorcycle. This gives them more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
- Never drive distracted or impaired.
Motorcyclists must also take precautions to remain safe on the road. They can increase their safety by following these steps:
- Wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet and other protective gear.
- Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed.
- Use hand and turn signals at every lane change or turn.
- Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective tape to increase visibility.
- Activate headlight(s) even during daylight hours.
- Ride in the middle of the lane where you will be more visible to drivers.
- When in a group, avoid riding side-by-side.
- Never ride distracted or impaired.
“By following basic safety rules, we can all help prevent crashes,” concluded Sheriff Steward. “Our message is for all drivers and riders: Share the responsibility of keeping our roads safe and always share the road.”
For more information on motorcycle safety, visit www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles.
RECOGNIZING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH & INTERNATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY
In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8th) the Park County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize the many women within our department serving the citizens of Park County each and every day.
Every year March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions not only in American history, but each and every day…. International Women’s Day has celebrated the economic, cultural, political and social achievements of women for more than 100 years. The day isn’t simply a celebration, it’s a call to action for everyone to continue to push for complete gender equality.
And Wyoming has historically been on the front lines of women’s rights. The Wyoming Territory became the first government in the world to guarantee women the right to vote on 1869.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office prides itself on its diverse workforce. Women represent 30% of our total personnel. In addition over one third of our detention staff and five of our eight dispatchers are women. And for the first time in our history, two of our four detention first line supervisors are women. We also have six female volunteers on our Search and Rescue squad including a physician and search dog handler.
We are extremely proud of our entire workforce. Their service to our citizens is unmatched. And we would like to take this opportunity to recognize the hard-working women of the Park County Sheriff’s Office, who are dedicated to providing the professional services we have come to expect.
Pictured: Supervisors Sgt. Lisa Randol and Sgt. Jona Harris of the Detention Staff.