Graduation season (and summer) is upon us – Message from the Sheriff
As the school year ends and classmates start new paths, we at the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office want to congratulate all our graduates of the Class of 2016, and wish them the very best as they head out into the world. Some of our seniors may be preparing for college, others preparing for a career, and the rest still deciding. No matter where you are headed in life, we want to say congratulations, good luck, have fun, and stay safe!
A reminder to our community: As students of all ages are being dismissed for the summer break, remember to be safe and drive cautiously, as children will be out playing, riding bikes and enjoying the summer weather.
Of course, summer weather means higher temperatures, so remember these tips to beat the heat:
- Take frequent water breaks
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15
- Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle
- Seek medical attention immediately for any signs of heat-related illness
We would also like to remind everyone traveling in a vehicle to always wear your seat belt and never drink and drive. Seat belt use is a very effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Do not drink and drive – instead, call on a designated driver to get you home safely. Not only do you risk your life when you drive impaired, you are putting the other drivers and passengers on the roadway at risk too.
While you are traveling the roadways, boating, camping, or fishing, please remember to practice safety at all times. Mind the speed limits and always be on the lookout for children at play and crossing the streets.
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office hopes everyone has a great summer! Congratulations again to all our graduates!
Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal