February 7, 2023

OCSO: Safety Strategies for driving this Memorial Day Weekend | News

WALHALLA, SC (FOX Carolina)- The Oconee County Sheriff’s Workplace is offering some basic safety guidelines for all those who are touring all-around the county. 

Deputies say that the subsequent are some vacation basic safety ideas to don’t forget when traveling this Memorial Working day weekend.

  • Be client and give lots of time for you to attain your place. Put together for the probability of significant site visitors during the approaching weekend. 
  • Even with lane closures for road development tasks limited, obey the posted velocity limitations in people parts. Be knowledgeable of doable lane shifts in these areas and observe for development devices on the aspect of the highway.  
  • Cautiously check your auto in advance of traveling. Test the air force in your tires in accordance to the pointers provided, make confident all motor vehicle fluids are at their appropriate ranges. Examine your belts, hoses, brakes and windshield wipers. Put together for the chance of a flat tire and make guaranteed your spare tire is effectively inflated. Also, make guaranteed that you have the suitable tools to change your tire if you need to.  
  • Plan out your route of travel in advance of you leave your property. Make confident to notify a spouse and children member or shut friend of that route and how prolonged you be expecting it will acquire you to access your location. Make sure to contact someone again dwelling to enable them know when you get there at your spot as well. 
  • Cost your cell phone and have a charger in your automobile as properly. In circumstance you do become stranded, have some more water, drinks and snacks in your motor vehicle.
  • Stay away from interruptions if you are powering the wheel, and make positive to usually put on your seatbelts.

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw claimed in a push launch, “last yr, there was really a little bit of uncertainty in regards to getaway vacation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery and thoroughly clean-up from the April 13th, 2020 twister. This year, with the quantity of reported COVID conditions down and pandemic constraints staying eased in lots of destinations across the country, there is the expectation that far more men and women will be traveling this yr. At the Sheriff’s Business office, we are anticipating many motorists traveling by means of Oconee County this weekend and loads of our citizens and travelers who will be making the most of our County owned recreation places.”

The South Carolina Division of Transportation (SCDOT) lately announced that they will restrict lane closures on interstate highways for non-emergency operate this weekend. All of the particulars on that final decision can be found here SCDOT: Lane closings for interstate get the job done will be paused this Weekend

    “As generally, we inspire everybody not to generate beneath the affect, no matter if you are functioning a motor vehicle, boat or any sort of watercraft and to usually have a designated driver,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “As the Sheriff’s Office environment mentioned in a push release yesterday, County ordinances forbid the possession and use of alcoholic drinks at County owned recreation facilities. Also, it is unlawful to begin a fireplace in the seashore locations at the County owned recreation facilities. We also talk to those people who are visiting our County owned recreation services to park only in specified spots and parking areas. Parking at the entrances to these services blocks these entrances and generates a risk ought to initially responders and general public security officers require to respond because of to an unexpected emergency.”  

Sheriff Crenshaw also reminds these touring that littering is unlawful through the total space, and those caught will be subject to fines and/or jail time.

“As a reminder to our citizens who will be staying at residence this Memorial Day weekend as very well as those touring as a result of Oconee County, our Uniform Patrol Division will be conducting standard and comprehensive patrol functions, which incorporates excess patrol requests we have gained,” according to Sheriff Crenshaw. “Our Maritime Units will also be supplying enforcement and protection functions on our county lakes, temperature permitting, and additional deputies will be executing enforcement things to do at our County parks and recreation areas. Our E-911/Communications Center will be completely staffed and prepared to just take phone calls for services for law enforcement and county fireplace and rescue companies. If our citizens have to have our guidance, we are just a mobile phone contact absent, and we stand completely ready to react.”

Deputies say that for emergencies, contact 911. For non-emergencies, call the Oconee County Sheriff’s Place of work at 864-638-4111.

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