Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Current vendor list

Vending:  Meridian Township issues a license to a person or business for vending and an identification tag to each seller representing the business.  Each seller must wear the identification tag in a manner that may easily be seen.

Canvassing/Soliciting:  Meridian Township does not issue a license or ID tags to persons or nonprofit organizations that are not required by ordinance to obtain a vendor’s license.  However, such persons or organizations are required by the Township’s vendor ordinance (Chapter 64) to “make a license application for purposes of information only.”  I will include on the list the names of persons or organizations that do not have to obtain a vendor’s license but have made the required application.
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Seventh-Day Adventist Church – door-to-door information pertaining to the church – June, July and August of 2014.  Contact is Kamil Metx – Literature Ministries Director

Okemos High School chapter of the Junior State of America (Junior Statesmen Foundation) canvassing door-to-door, June 9 – September 30, 2014

East Lansing Band and Orchestra fundraiser – Annual Car Wash, September 21-27, 2014

Edward Jones – Joni Preston – door-to-door introduction – August 26, 2014 – December 31, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Meridian Police Utilize New Tactic to Catch Distracted Drivers

Meridian Township Police officers are utilizing a new tactic to identify distracted drivers.  Officers patrolling in unmarked cars and wearing civilian clothing are spotting distracted drivers.   Uniformed officers in marked police cars will then stop distracted drivers to take enforcement action. 

Distracted driving is an increasing cause of motor vehicle crashes in the United States.  Enforcement of the law is difficult for officers, because violations occur quickly and at times in heavy traffic areas. This approach is being taken to encourage drivers to think twice before reading or sending text messages because an officer may be in the car next to them.

Courtesy of AAA Exchange
In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in the United States in accidents involving a distracted driver.  Distracted driving is a real issue that has a serious impact on people’s lives.  The Meridian Township Police are implementing this proactive enforcement approach to distracted drivers in an effort to reduce traffic crashes and injuries.

For more information on the effects of distracted drivers, visit the official U.S. Government website for distracted driving at http://www.distraction.gov. or http://publications.michigantrafficcrashfacts.org/2013/2013CellPhoneUse-facts.pdf for specific Michigan statistics.