Encouraging our students to be safe

Published 7:00 am Saturday, March 19, 2016

Friday, the Picayune Police Department presented “Deadly Decisions,” at the Picayune Memorial High School auditorium to a room full of high school juniors and seniors about to attend prom and go on spring break.
The purpose of the program was to inform students about the deadly consequences of distracted driving.
Eating, texting, talking on the phone and putting on makeup are just some of the things that can distract motorists from driving safely.
What made the program more meaningful was the firsthand accounts from family members left to grieve after loved ones were taken from them, due to someone else’s deadly decision.
We can’t stress enough how important it is, for not just young people but everyone, to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel while operating motor vehicle.
The consumption of alcohol and drugs before driving is also a deadly decision.
Many accidents and lives are lost due to someone driving under the influence of some form of intoxicating substance.
Activities such as prom and spring break provide students with an opportunity to consume alcohol.
We encourage the students to not engage in this activity but if they do, call their parents or a friend to pick them up.
The Item commends the Picayune Police Department for their efforts to educate and save the lives of our young people.
We also applaud the bravery of the family members who spoke about the grief associated with losing their loved ones in such a tragic manner.
It’s a gruesome and heartbreaking story to share, but one that our youth need to hear.
We would like to wish all the students a safe prom and spring break and encourage them to make good decisions everyday.

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