The new school year has started in Washington Parish and Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal encourages all adults and children to be mindful of safety at all times.
When school is in session, traffic increases on our roads. Sheriff Seal reminds all drivers to obey all traffic laws and to be especially mindful of speed limits in school zones. Children are not always careful when crossing a road, so drivers must take responsibility to be very cautious in and around school zones and any other location where children may be present.
Teen drivers are a special concern. The National Safety Council says half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school. Make certain to caution all teens about the responsibility of driving and the necessity to be a careful driver. Remind them that they should never use a cell phone for any reason while driving and that all passengers must wear restraints at any time the vehicle is moving. Until all restraints are completely fastened, the vehicle doesn’t move.
Parents and other adults should take nothing for granted and always make an extra effort to protect children. Make certain they are on the right school bus and know the rules of behavior while they are on the bus. Remind them to look both ways before crossing any roadway. Caution them about speaking to strangers and make certain they know to never get into any vehicle with a stranger.
Adults should always set a good example for children and teens when driving. Obey speed laws, buckle up and do not use a cell phone for conversation or texting.
“There is no more precious resource than the children of our parish,” said Sheriff Seal. “Let’s join together and do all we can to protect them from all harm. Anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a child should notify the Sheriff’s Office at 839-3434. The telephone is answered twenty-four hours per day and a deputy will be on the way if you need one.”