Sheriff Russell Reminds Parents and Drivers of Summer Safety Tips
Ouachita Parish Schools will soon end the current school year for summer break. As the students begin the summer activities, Sheriff Jay Russell and the Deputies of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office offer these safety tips to help ensure we all enjoy a safe summer.
TIPS FOR DRIVERS
- Pay attention when you are behind the wheel and scan the area around you. Look for kids playing near the street and slow down. This is an exciting time for kids and they may forget safety rules. Children are often unpredictable and unaware of the dangers around them.
- Be aware of and obey posted speed limits.
- Keep in mind that school may be out, but children may still be present in school zones for other activities, such as play grounds, etc.
- Watch for clues. A ball or bicycle nearby may mean children are close by. Pay attention and always expect the unexpected.
- Always watch for children when backing up. Remember children are smaller and much harder to see when walking around parked vehicles.
- PLEASE remember and obey all laws regarding texting and the use of cellular devices while driving.
TIPS FOR PARENTS
- Parents and caregivers are responsible for keeping children safe. Make sure they wear safety equipment during activities such as biking, skateboarding, etc. Teach them to always stop and look before crossing a street. Remind them to walk, not run, across the street.
- Teach them to appreciate and respect EMS personnel, firefighters and police officers. Explain to them how and when to use 911 in case of an emergency.
- Do not allow children to play unsupervised around swimming pools, ponds or other bodies of water.
- Never allow children to play outside or walk anywhere alone. Predators may cruise neighborhoods looking for unsupervised kids. You should report any suspicious strangers or vehicles to police immediately.