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Guest Column

June 10, 2013

Wise choices can help grads fulfill their potential

This is the first of a series of columns by city of Oneonta Police Chief Dennis Nayor about issues involving police departments and public safety.

With the end of the school year in sight, the senior high school students have reached a tremendous milestone in their lives; a milestone in which endless possibilities and opportunities exist. 

For some, graduation from high school equates to a transition to college, for others it means service to our country, and for others it means entry into the workforce. Regardless of which option is selected, life will be a new adventure for this year’s graduating class. 

As all of these possibilities lie ahead, history has shown us that for some unfortunate graduates, tragedy may lie in wait. A year has not gone by where we haven’t learned about a young adult whose life has ended far too early because of a car crash, an unintended alcohol or drug overdose, or some other preventable incident. If it’s predictable, it’s preventable, so let’s do everything we can to prevent further tragedies.

In law enforcement, our foremost goal is to keep the public safe, and many times this includes keeping people safe from themselves. If you are reading this article, then you can help us to achieve this goal. Remind the young adults who you know that motor vehicle accidents claim thousands of lives every year. 

 The causation factors for many deadly car crashes are speed, alcohol, driver distraction, and a lack of seatbelts. As much as this is an exciting time in the lives of the graduating class, they still have to remember that they are not invincible. A car crash can be very unforgiving, so let’s think about ways to put the odds in your favor as much as possible as you travel.

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