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Holiday Closure
December 19, 2016
Most county offices will be closed in observance of the holidays listed in the schedule below.
  • Christmas Day: December 23 and 26, 2016
  • New Year's Day: January 2, 2017
New Year, New Restrictions to Curb Distracted Driving
December 18, 2016

Whether you’re Snapchatting, scrolling through Instagram, or sending a text while on the road, it’s clear that cell phones have become a top distraction for drivers – often causing traffic collisions on the road. A study conducted last spring by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), showed that at least 13 percent of the state’s drivers were either seen talking, texting or using a cell phone in some manner. This number has increased from nine percent in 2015.

To combat distracted driving, Assembly Bill 1785, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last September, takes effect on Jan. 1, 2017. The new law expands California’s restrictions on the use of mobile phones behind the wheel. Drivers will no longer be able to operate any handheld wireless telephones or any electronic devices unless the device is specifically designed to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation, and must be used in that manner while driving.

The California Office of Traffic Safety shares the following tips to staying focused while driving:

  • Listen to—don’t watch—GPS devices and make sure to input your destination before leaving or stop to change your route if necessary.
  • If a call or text absolutely can’t wait, pull over into a parking spot and conduct your call safely.
  • Never: talk, text, email or use any apps on any handheld electronic device while driving.
  • Better yet, turn off your phone and place it out of reach as soon as you get in the car.

High visibility ‘zero tolerance’ enforcement operations are being conducted by law enforcement agencies across the state. Drivers caught talking or texting on a mobile device or other handheld devices will be ticketed.

To avoid the traffic fines, car crashes and life-threatening consequences that are associated with driving while distracted, eliminate your distractions when behind the wheel. For more information regarding distracted driving facts, please visit www.ots.ca.gov.

Also, visit the Official U.S. Government website for Distracted Driving at www.distraction.gov.

Sutter County Makes It Easier To Search Ordinances Online
December 08, 2016

The Sutter County Counsel’s Office announced Wednesday the completion of a project to make it easier to search an online database of the County’s local ordinances.

County ordinances are local laws that are adopted and enforced within a local government's jurisdiction. These laws are in addition to federal and state laws. The California Legislature provided for the codification of county ordinances in Sections 50022.1 - 50022.10 of the California Government Code.

Sutter County’s ordinance code had been online before, but there was no way to conduct a search for topics through keywords. Finding what you were looking for proved cumbersome.

The update allows users of the website to find all references to a word or topic in the County’s Ordinance Code with either a simple search, or with more advanced phrase, wildcard, Boolean, and proximity searching techniques. The simple search feature will give you the results you're looking for in most instances -- just like a Google search.

The online version of the Sutter County Code of Ordinances is revised as updates are available. While every attempt is made to keep this online version current, it should be used for reference only.

Sutter County's online version of the County Code of Ordinances is hosted on the Municode website, and can be accessed through the County’s website at suttercounty.org, using the top navigation menu under Government then submenu General Information, on the Items of Interest tab on the home page, and at the bottom of the Sutter County Board of Supervisors page. For your convenience, the direct link is: https://suttercounty.org/ordinances

The public can view hard copies of the ordinances at the following locations:

  • Sutter County Library
    750 Forbes Avenue, Yuba City
    10 am to 7 pm Monday through Thursday and
    10 am to 5 pm Friday and Saturday
  • Sutter County Board Clerk and County Administrative Office
    1160 Civic Center Blvd., Suite A, Yuba City
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Driving Tips for this Holiday Season
December 06, 2016

California has already seen a bit of wet weather and soon it will be here in full force. The holiday travel season is starting back up and that means trouble on the roadways for those who don’t plan ahead. The California Office of Traffic Safety is reminding motorists to plan ahead and take extra safety measures before embarking on your holiday journey.

Before your trip:

  • Take time to prepare. Make sure your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, anti-freeze, heater and exhaust system are in top condition. Always check your tires before driving. Make sure they are properly inflated and the tread is in good condition.
  • Minimize distractions. This may mean turning off your cell phone and/or putting it out of reach. Include in your outgoing message that you can’t answer while you are driving. Don’t call or text anyone at a time when you think they may be driving.

While traveling the roadways:

  • Remain alert. Constantly scan the road for brake lights in front of you.
  • If it’s raining, keep your vehicle toward the middle lanes since water tends to pool in outside lanes.
  • Do not use cruise control during wet or snowy road conditions. Cruise control can cause skidding and loss of tire traction in winter conditions.
  • In the event you find yourself hydroplaning or skidding, remember the following:
    • Do not brake or turn suddenly. If you need to brake, do so gently with light pumping action.
    • Turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid and as you recover control, gently straighten the wheels.
  • By planning ahead and following these tips, you can ensure that your holiday season is a safe one. For more information on all OTS efforts, visit www.ots.ca.gov.