Sheriff Charles Cox is pleased to offer the S.T.O.P.P.E.D. Program (Sheriff's Telling Our Parents & Promoting Educated Drivers) to Miami County residents. The program is a parental notification system designed to help reduce the number of young drivers involved in motor vehicle crashes. In Miami County young drivers represent 14% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes and 15% of all drivers involved in personal injury crashes. The Miami County Sheriff's Office offers this voluntary notification system to extend their watchful eyes and raise the awareness of drivers under the age of 21.
The program works by having parents simply register with the Sheriff's Office any vehicle that will be operated by a driver under the age of 21. An identification decal is then issued and affixed to the windshield of each registered vehicle. If for any reason the vehicle is later stopped by any Miami County Law Enforcement officer a notification card will be completed and sent to the parent(s) listing the date and time of stop, driver's name and number of passengers, reason for the stop and whether any traffic tickets were issued. The completed card is then mailed to the parents to make them aware of potential problems and enable them to enforce any parental rules that often coexist with teenage driving privileges. The Sheriff's Office does not retain a copy of the card nor can a law enforcement officer stop the vehicle unless some type of traffic or criminal violation has been witnessed.
Registrations are available for pick-up at the Miami County Sheriff's Office, 201 W. Main St., Troy (Safety Building), Monday through Friday between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. or through one of the School Resource Officers. For additional inquiries please contact the Sheriff's Office at 937-440-6085.
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