One of the leading causes of injury and death for teenagers are motor vehicle crashes, according to a press release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, which is why the Sheriff's department is promoting the S.T.O.P.P.E.D. program.
1. S.T.O.P.P.E.D. stands for Sheriffs Telling Our Parents and Promoting Educated Drivers. This free program allows parents to keep an eye on their young drivers when they cannot be in the car with them.
2. By simply filling out a free registration form, the Michigan Sheriff’s Association provides the parent with a STOPPED sticker to place on the outside front windshield of their teen’s car.
3. If a teen is pulled-over for a traffic violation the deputy will complete a quick form which includes the driver’s information, the number of passengers, the time of day, and the reason for the traffic stop.
4. The form is then forwarded to the Michigan Sheriff’s Association. MSA will contact the parent / guardian with the information. It has been determined through numerous surveys and meetings with teenagers that if they are pulled over and not ticketed the majority of the time they do not tell their parents about it.
5. Currently Hartland High School, Pinckney High School, Brighton High School, and Howell High School participate in keeping teens safe and require STOPPED registration for kids to be able to drive to school.
6. In 2012 Livingston County led the state in registered vehicles with three thousand six hundred and eight. Law enforcement had forty one contacts with teens with a sticker on their vehicle.
7. There are two easy ways to register your vehicles with the STOPPED program. Online or by stopping in at the main lobby of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.