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Roads can be dangerous at this time of year

Another issue for seniors (and everybody) is being careful of Internet prescriptions


Happy New Year from the King City Police Department!

This past month the police department saw a 15 percent drop in calls for service in King City. This decrease is normal for this time of year as people are busy preparing for the holiday season.

Even with a decrease in calls for service, residents must continue to be vigilant for holiday scams and thefts of purchases and delivered packages. Notify the police (at the non-emergency number - 503-629-0111) if you are aware of a scam or experience a theft.

The nasty weather that we recently experienced did not have a great impact on our police resources. King City residents should be applauded for their safe driving during the poor weather.

Preparing to drive

Since we have had our first taste of winter weather, I thought a few reminders about driving during snow and ice events would be helpful.

Before venturing out on any trip, make sure your vehicle is prepared:

-- Clear snow and ice from front and rear windows;

-- Make sure both the outside and inside windows are clean;

-- Make sure that your defrosters are working;

-- Have fresh windshield wipers;

-- If going on a trip of more than a couple of miles, make sure your gas tank is more than half full;

-- If your trip is of some distance in a non-urban area, take some water, food and a blanket with you;

-- If possible, have a cell phone with an extra battery for emergency contact or road-side assistance;

-- Check the weather conditions before venturing out (www.tripcheck.com or 1-800-977-6368).

On the road

-- Turn on your headlights;

-- Reduce your speed and leave enough space to safely stop (allow three times more space than usual);

-- Brake gently to avoid skidding;

-- Do not use cruise control on icy roads;

-- Even though the temperature may be above freezing, be aware of areas that may still be icy, such as bridges and overpasses;

-- Have the proper traction tires on your vehicle and /or carry chains (check with ODOT);

-- Be extra cautious on less-traveled roads that might not yet be cleared.

Leaving the roadway

-- If you must pull off the road, pull off as far as possible;

-- If possible, pull off in a rest area or parking lot.

Internet prescriptions

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion on medical issues, ranging from insurance to the types of prescriptions available to consumers. Many people order their prescriptions online.

The Drug Enforcement Agency provides the following information on internet prescriptions:

-- Federal law prohibits buying controlled substances such as narcotic pain killers (i.e., Vicodin) without a valid prescription from your doctor. Prescriptions written by "cyber doctors" relying on online questionnaires are not legal.

-- Many drugs ordered online come from foreign countries, and it is illegal to import drugs into the U.S. and ship to a non-DEA registrant.

-- Buying drugs online is not illegal but is considered dangerous. The American Medical Association and state boards of pharmacy have condemned of the practice of cyber doctors issuing online prescriptions as unacceptable medical care.

-- Online drugs can be adulterated, expired, the wrong dosage strength or have improper dosage directions.

-- To be safe, only fill your prescriptions at a local pharmacy using a proper prescription from your doctor.

To report illegal prescription drug sales or rogue pharmacies, call the Pharmaceutical Drug Abuse Hotline at 1-800-792-2873 - you may remain anonymous.

Watch for the police department announcement of the next drug drop-off day. The event provides a safe way to dispose of unused over-the-counter and prescriptions drugs. Usually, the drug drop-off day is in April or May.

You be the judge (or you have to be kidding)

Often a good defense is your best offense; however, not when going to court. In this case, a man was being tried for stealing a $125,000 Porsche. In his wisdom he decided to show up to court in a fancy and expensive Lexus, thinking it was less conspicuous that a Porsche.

Needless to say, his choice of transport to court made the police suspicious. And you guessed it, the Lexus was also stolen. The police were able to charge the "sneaky "offender with another count of vehicle theft.

Oh, by the way, there were several Yorkshire terriers in the Lexus when stolen, resulting in an additional charge of animal cruelty. This is another example of "dumb criminals."

So until next time, be good, be neighborly and be safe.

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