From the Desk of Sheriff Christopher M. ClintonAugust 8 | Posted by editor | News, Towns Tags: Towns County Sheriff Office
Hiawassee, GA - This week school will be back in session beginning Thursday, August 9th. Please be aware that in the mornings from approximately 7:30 AM until approximately 8 AM there will be increased traffic in front of the school. Traffic will again increase around 3:00 PM. The Sheriff’s Office will be providing traffic control to assist with safety. Please help us keep our children safe by being aware and paying extra attention to safety while driving. The following information, provided by Safe Kids USA, is offered as ideas to help keep our children safe.
School buses are generally considered one of the safest ways to travel; however, an estimated 5,000 children are injured each year in school bus related accidents. Many of these injuries occur when children are entering or exiting the bus. This is likely due to the fact that the driver has a blind spot of about 10 feet around the bus. This is sometimes difficult for younger children to understand. Half of all school-age pedestrians killed in bus-related crashes are between 5 and 7 years old (SAFE KIDS USA)
- Help keep children safe by teaching them to wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, the door opens, and the bus driver says that it is safe to board the bus.
- Make sure children know that they should never walk behind or close to the sides of a bus.
- Teach children to never run across the road to catch a school bus.
- Pay extra attention and never speed when driving in a school zone and around school buses and pedestrians.
The Towns County Sheriff’s Office is always looking for new ways to keep citizens informed. We are pleased to announce that several new features have been added to our website that will help you stay connected with us. The Sheriff’s Office website, www.townscountysheriffsoffice.com, now offers links that will allow you to follow the Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter. These services, like our webpage and newsletter, are provided as a service and are made possible as a volunteer effort. Our internet related services have always been privately funded and the efforts donated primarily by my wife, Crystal. We have never spent any taxpayer resources in providing this information to the public. We at the Sheriff’s Office believe that an informed public is essential to good government.
These internet related services strive to offer many useful safety tips, keep you informed of what is happening in our county, and offer you another way to connect with your sheriff’s office. These features offer additional means for you to make comments and suggestions, or ask questions. There is also an area that shows the current inmate population of the jail and provides bond information. As always there is a feature that will allow you to sign up for our electronic newsletter. If you visit the site often you may need to occasionally refresh in order to view newly added material. I hope that you will find these internet features useful and informative.