The Mayor and Board of Commissioners contract with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office to provide law enforcement coverage to the Town of Emmitsburg. The contract currently provides the Town with two deputies. The deputies are very active in our community.
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Non Emergency Dispatch: 301.600.2071
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Back To School Tips
Back to School is upon us here in Frederick County.
Autumn is almost upon us and schools across the county will soon be back in full swing. With this in mind, it's a great opportunity for drivers everywhere to brush up on a couple of back to school driving tips:
Double Check Those Crosswalks
Now that kids will be back on their way to school, it's time to double and triple check those intersections. Just when you think it's all systems go, a student late for school might appear out of nowhere and dart across the street when you least anticipate it. Making full stops at stop signs and red-lights before turning right will give you the time you need to be completely sure the coast is clear before you enter a crosswalk. Also follow directions from the school crossing guards.
School Zones Are For Kids
Be alert, ready to break, and have your eyes scanning the road when entering a marked school zone. When children are at hand, school zones require you to obey the posted 25mph or slower speed limit, regardless of the day of week or time of day. Be aware of increasing bus traffic, vehicles, and pedestrians, before and after school.
Treat a Yellow Bus Like Gold
They're called school busses and there are special regulations in place to ensure they get from their origin to their destination safe and sound. When a school bus stops with its red brake lights flashing and/or its stop sign raised, you must stop from either direction until all kids are safely across the street and the bus lights stop flashing (unless the school bus is stopped on the other side of a multilane or divided highway).
Also, don't tailgate a bus as they often make sudden stops when least expected. Finally, when a school bus is trying to merge back into traffic, you must give them the right of way.
A Few Other Back To School Items to Ponder
Near high school campuses, bear in mind that a higher amount of the motorists are newly licensed teenage drivers who may not have as much driving know-how as you do.
For parents dropping their kids of at school, always be sure your u-turns are safe and legal after you let your child off at the curb. And make sure that curb you're pulling over to is NOT reserved for buses or emergency vehicles.
At the end of the day, all we ask is that you be safe and considerate, and have tolerance of other drivers and don't rush your judgment when passing through school zones. Parents and kids across this county will thank you for it! Safety for the children and the communities of Frederick County is our primary goal.
We realize with the approaching school year, some children will be spending more time unsupervised at home after school. Here are some suggestions for improved safety:
Make sure your child is mature enough to look after themselves. Know your child’s capabilities before you ask them to assume such a responsibility.
Prepare your child…
- Discuss home safety issues such as how to dial 911, where the first aid kit is and any emergency contact numbers.
- Get to know your neighbors personally in case an emergency or serious situation should arise.
- Impress upon your child the importance of locking the door behind them and not answering the door or letting anyone in.
- Have your child call you when they arrive home.
- Parents need to be aware of online safety issues, especially if your child spends large amounts of time unsupervised on the computer. Set up rules governing computer use and utilize parental/filtering controls to ensure your child cannot access certain internet/social media sites.
- Research after school community programs/extracurricular activities.
With the arrival of spring, your community deputies want to remind you to add some safety and crime prevention items to your spring projects list :
- Make sure we can see your address! Frederick County Code requires all house and business addresses be clearly marked and visible from the roadway. This will help first responders find you more efficiently in an emergency. See - https://www.frederickcountymd.gov/2242/Address-Posting-Requirements
- As the weather improves it is tempting to leave doors and windows open. However, please help deter crime by:
- Close your garage doors in the evenings. DO NOT leave your garage door open all night! Not only is it a potential risk for a burglary but is also not safe for your family members.
- Keep all doors and windows locked at night. It is even a good idea to get in the habit of locking your door behind you when you arrive home.
- Always lock vehicle doors… do not make it easy for a thief!
- Leave porch and outdoor lights on overnight.
- Let the Sheriff’s Office and friends know if you plan on being out of town for an extended period of time. The community deputies can conduct patrol checks routinely.
- Do not post on any social media the time and dates you plan on being away from your home. Criminals look on these sites for those things and it makes you a target.
- Also, consider keeping trees and shrubbery trimmed back from doors and windows to limit hiding places.