Drivers Needed

If you wish to volunteer 2 or more hours a week to drive the Neighborhood
Watch patrol car we would like you to contact us (top right of menu).

All drivers must pass a Sheriff Department background check. Drivers agree to drive 2 or more hours a week during their assigned time slot. We currently drive 5 days a week but with more drivers could expand to 7.

You will receive training and a shirt, hat and ID badge that identifies you as an authorized driver upon completion of your training period.

Gift Bags

Know someone on the Mountain who is alone or just needs a visit and a gift bag?

The Neighborhood Watch has twenty more bags in their vehicle.

The yellow bags are a bit more male oriented and the purple have a different deodorant and some hand cream that is scented. I think either bag would be fine for either gender.

The bags contain a hand cream, cotton swabs, candy, shampoo, deodorant, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, etc.

We have put a sticker on the bags to let them know it is a gift from their Neighborhood Watch because we care for our community.

Local Flooding 2/11/2020

the flood warning continues for
the lookout creek near New England area of Dade County until Wednesday afternoon (2/11/2020).
* at 8 pm Monday the stage was 13.1 feet and rising.
* minor flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast.
* flood stage is 12 feet.
* the river (lookout Creek) will continue rising to near 17 feet by tomorrow early afternoon. the river will fall below flood stage wednesday morning.
* at 13 feet, minor flooding expands along Sells Lane in
Trenton, Mason road near Rising Fawn, and Creek Road near New
England. all these roads will be closed – also minor flooding expands much further downstream as the creek crosses into Tennessee
border into the Tiftona area.

Safety Tip

Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr’s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this:

It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.

If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around.

After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that.

And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

This may save a life!

ICY Roads

The roads in our area could be icy and require extra attention when driving.

Please check out these tips

Road Icing: Safety Tips to Remember

from this link
  • The #1 icy road driving tip: Reduce your speed.
    Slowing down is the most important thing to do when driving on ice and snow. High speeds make it both easy to lose control and difficult to stop. You should never be driving faster than 45mph in any vehicle when roads are icy – not even on highways! In many cases, much slower speeds are necessary. You can slide off of the road on certain types of more treacherous icing – like black ice – at 10mph or less! If you’re fishtailing or sliding at all, it means you are going too fast for the conditions. You don’t have the skill to drive at normal speeds on icy roads.
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    A factor in many of the serious and fatal crashes is overconfidence in one’s abilities and/or equipment (traction control, antilock brakes, stability control, winter tires). Some feel that they have sufficient experience in winter driving, and can therefore continue normally (at or above the speed limit). But a fishtail on ice that occurs at highway speeds is usually unrecoverable by even the most quick-witted and experienced drivers. Practicing slow-speed slides in parking lots is useless for what happens to a vehicle at highway speed. A person who enters a high-speed slide will quickly learn that it is something they can’t handle – but all too late.
  • The #2 icy road driving tip: Don’t drive on icy roads.
    The best way to avoid an accident on an icy road is to simply stay off the roads until the threat passes. Nothing can inconvenience you more than a wreck or getting stuck!
  • Wear your seat belt!
    Even though wearing your seat belt should already be a no-brainer at all times, during the winter it’s even more critical. An alarming number of road ice fatalities occur with minor accidents where the vehicle occupants were not wearing seat belts.
  • Pay attention to the weather.
    Make the weather forecast part of your daily routine during the winter. Awareness of conditions will help you be more prepared. Read more about warning signs to watch for.
  • Go easy on your brakes
    Brake application is a common trigger of slides that result in a loss of vehicle control. ABS (antilock brakes) do not work well on ice and snow, and often will lock up your wheels regardless. Sliding wheels are uncontrollable, that is, steering input will not change the vehicle’s direction if the wheels are sliding.
  • Turn into a slide
    If you’re fishtailing or sliding, it usually means you are going too fast. Reduce your speed so you won’t need to worry about this! Most high-speed slides are difficult to correct successfully. If you’re caught off guard and begin sliding, turn your wheels in the direction that the rear of your car is sliding. It helps to look with your eyes where you want the car to go, and turn the steering wheel in that direction. It is easy to steer too far, causing the car to slide in the other direction. If this happens (called overcorrecting), you’ll need to turn in the opposite direction. Read more about correcting a slide.
  • Icy road accidents happen in multiples
    Your own accident is sometimes not the greatest threat to you – additional out-of-control vehicles often are. Read about what to do if you are in an accident on an icy road.
  • Don’t stop for accidents or stranded vehicles along an icy roadway.
    Being a Good Samaritan is a noble thing, but on an icy road, it can cause more problems than it solves. Parking on the side of an icy highway can cause passing drivers to brake and lose control, putting the lives of everyone involved in danger. Unless the stranded driver is in immediate danger, the best thing you can do is contact the authorities (call 911), who are equipped to safely block the road or divert traffic while a tow truck can do the job properly.
  • Avoid hills or other dangerous roads during icy conditions.
    The laws of physics are unforgiving! If you attempt to tackle a steep enough incline, there is nothing you can do to stop gravity from taking its toll.

Merry Christmas

Your Neighborhood Watch is teaming with the New Salem Scouts to distribute small gift bags to children in our area. There also will be caroling by the girls.

Wanted to let our drivers know that in the back seat of the patrol car is some fruit, snacks, candies, and hygiene supplies to give out on your driving rounds to the elderly, shut-ins, sickly, and neighbors who would appreciate a Christmas gift. We have decorative bags with paper stuffings to put goodies in.

The cub scouts are meeting at the New Salem Community Building and will be leaving at 6:30 p.m. to go caroling and deliver their Christmas goodies to New Salem residence.  We are donating items for their Christmas giving and will go with them on their routes.

Merry Christmas to all of you and hope you have a blessed Christmas holiday season.