Public Safety

Public Service Announcement - Call Before You Burn

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By Kyle Quick

While the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has an open burn period between September 16th and April 14th, residents of Franklin County are asked to contact Franklin County’s 911 Center before burning. (Note: Some Fire Departments have established additional regulations.  See additional information below.)

The purpose behind Calling Before You Burn is to prevent fire departments from unnecessarily being dispatched because someone who is simply driving by calls 911. 

By taking two minutes to call first, then 911 dispatchers will already know of the location where a control burn is taking place.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Cracking Down On Holiday DUI

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. - To Reduce Substance-Impaired Driving Fatalities the “Holiday DWI Crackdown” Campaign Will Target Substance-Impaired Drivers in Franklin County.

Beginning mid-December through New Year's Day, Deputies will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide "Holiday DWI Campaign" crackdown on substance-impaired driving

Franklin County Deputies Sobriety Checkpoints Oct. 24 - 26

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo - Deputies of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting sobriety checkpoints over the weekend of October 24-26th.

Funding to operate the sobriety checkpoints are being paid for via alcohol related grants provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation Highway Safety Division.

National Child Passenger Safety Week - Facts About Safety Seats

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri State Highway Patrol joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Ad Council, and other safety advocates to commemorate National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 14-20, 2014).

The primary goal of this program is to remind all parents and other adults responsible for children traveling in motor vehicles of the importance of child safety seats and seat belts. Every year, children suffer needless injuries in traffic crashes. Preliminary statistics indicate that in 2013, 12 children under the age of eight were killed in traffic crashes, and another 1,720 were injured.

Troopers issued citations to 2,311 drivers who failed to secure children less than eight years old in a child restraint/booster seat in 2013.

New Haven Police Issue Stern Warning To Drivers: School Starts Next Week

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - New Haven Police Chief John Sheible would like to remind motorists that the new school year is upon us. As in years past, the officers will be watching for unsafe driving around all schools.

“We’ve noticed that many people don’t seem to understand the area at the Highway 100 and Douglas St. intersection. There is a crosswalk there, and it is well marked with a flashing yellow light and signs. Drivers must yield to people crossing in the crosswalk", said Chief Sheible.

Franklin County Sheriff's Department Receives “People Saving People” Award

Pictured left to right: Dep Cody Lauth, Dep Dave Arflack, Dep Charlie Herwig, Sgt Steve Pelton, Cpl Mike Richardson, Dep Delbert Bullock, and Sheriff Gary Toelke. (Photo courtesy of Franklin County Sheriff's office.)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. - The Missouri Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Advisory Council (LETSAC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Region 7 office has selected the Franklin County Traffic Safety Unit as a “People Saving People” award winner this year for the Public Safety category.

New Haven Police Joins National 4th of July Crackdown To Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign Will Target Drunk Drivers

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - Local Police will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide Fourth of July weekend “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving.  The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout New Haven, will run from July 2-6 2014.

The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving over the Fourth of July weekend holiday.

Franklin County Deputies Make Three Fugitive Arrests During Buckle Up Campaign

UNION, Mo – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office participated in the national Click It or Ticket mobilization conducted May 19-June 1.

During the enforcement effort, officers issued a total of 131 traffic tickets including: 8 seat belt tickets; 106 speeding tickets; and 18 other traffic violations. 3 fugitive arrests were made as a result of the crackdown.

“Seat belts are your single best defense in a crash,” stated Lt. Thomas D. Leasor. “Law enforcement will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to buckle up and Arrive Alive.”

Boles Fire Protection District Safety Day - Saturday June 21

VILLA RIDGE, Mo. - The Boles Fire Protection District Annual Safety Day and Missouri Child Identification Program (MoCHIP) Event will be held on Saturday, June 21st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The event will be held at 233 Hwy M in Villa Ridge at the Boles Fire House Station #3.

This free public event will include Carseat Checks, Bounce House, Refreshments, Safety House with Severe Storm Simulator, Fire Trucks, and Meramec EMS will be doing blood pressure checks.