NATCHITOCHES PARISH SHERIFF’S AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICES ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT PROMOTING SAFE DRIVING DURING GRADUATION WEEK
(Natchitoches, La. – May 15, 2017) – The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s Offices issued a joint statement to promote safe driving during high school graduation week.
Sheriff Victor Jones stated that his office has increased patrols on the roadways in Natchitoches Parish to ensure driver safety and to help protect citizens from unsafe driving activity.
“Especially with the three high schools graduating this week, we are being extra vigilant to deter unsafe driving, which includes impaired driving, speeding, and distracted driving. We know our young folks are excited to be finished with school and want to celebrate. Don’t ruin a great moment in your life by making a poor decision and face the consequences of that decision, which could be a traffic citation, a DWI arrest, or worse, and tragic accident,” said Sheriff Jones.
The Sheriff’s Office is encouraging parents of young drivers to take an active role in their child’s safety. To support this effort, the NPSO released a video documentary that shared the story of a serious vehicle accident that occurred earlier this year involving a young driver who was critically injured. The video is intended for both parents and young drivers to watch and discuss.
“We urge both parents and their young drivers to watch this video, discuss it with each other, and to make a commitment to be safe when they get behind the wheel of an automobile,” stated Sheriff Jones.
The documentary can be accessed at bit.ly/npso-crash-video or by visiting YouTube.com.
District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington, who is also featured in the documentary, is promoting safe driving this week by discussing the impact distracted and alcohol related accidents can have on a young person, their friends and family, and the entire community.
Harrington’s office also released a five-part information series called the “5 Myths of Drunk Driving” which dispels some of the myths young people may have about drinking and driving.
“We sometimes hear these erroneous statements from young people who think they can ‘beat the system’, but we know the facts and there is simply no reason or excuse to drink alcohol and then drive a vehicle. Drunk drivers will be prosecuted and there will be consequences, said Harrington.
The “5 Myths of Drunk Driving” can be access on the District Attorney’s Office Facebook page at facebook.com/natchitochesparishda.
“Our office is working with the Sheriff’s Office in making this graduation season as safe as possible. We want everyone to stay safe by making good decisions and the right choices when they get into a vehicle,” said Harrington.