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Guest Column

June 10, 2013

Wise choices can help grads fulfill their potential


When driving, focus on the task at hand which is operating the vehicle. Texting, talking on the phone, and goofing around with friends in the car can cause enough of a distraction to create a serious accident. Waiting until you are at your destination to do those things significantly reduces your chances of getting into an accident. 

Speed limits exist for safety reasons, so please obey them. And even if you are traveling within the speed limit, wear a seatbelt. The two seconds that it takes to put on a seatbelt can be the difference between life and death if an accident were to occur — even a low-speed accident. 

Lastly, it goes without saying that drinking underage is illegal and, more importantly, drinking and driving can easily be deadly. The horrific images that occur in fatal motor vehicle accidents would be a sufficient means to deter anyone from drinking and driving.

If you are a parent and you’re hosting a party to celebrate a graduate’s success, don’t serve alcohol to those younger than 21. It’s against the law and more importantly it can have tragic consequences. Many times, adults feel that they can better monitor their kids and their kid’s friends if they drink with them. Inevitably, someone can slip through the cracks and hurt themselves or someone else as a result. 

When law enforcement officers arrest someone for driving while intoxicated, we ask the arrestee where they had last been drinking. If it’s determined that a parent served someone underage, that parent can be charged with unlawfully dealing with a child, which is a crime. That parent may also hold responsibility for civil lawsuits that could result. The bottom line is that it’s just not worth it.

As law enforcement officers, we see the things that the rest of society does not. If we can keep people from becoming statistics, then we have done our jobs well. 

I wish the graduating class of 2013 a great future and great success. Personally, I’ve found that success comes from a combination of hard work, good choices, and a little bit of luck. We can’t control the luck, but we can control our work ethic and the choices we make. Seniors, work hard and make wise choices and you can accomplish anything you want. 

Best of luck to the class of 2013!




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