HPD reminds community to commute safely
HAMMOND, LA — The fall is finally here! And as COVID-19 restrictions are gradually lifted and excitement builds for the holidays, the Hammond Police Department is reminding the community to commute responsibly.
"We're seeing a lot more people out and about as school has resumed, the State has entered Phase 3, and bars and restaurants reopen and are able to serve more customers," says Hammond Police Chief Edwin Bergeron Jr. "We want everyone to be safe. This doesn't just mean wearing your mask. It means always wearing your seat belt. And never drinking and driving."
To make sure this fall and winter are safe and happy ones, the HPD reminds everyone:
§ All drivers and passengers must wear seat belts or, in the case of infants and small children, be properly buckled into car seats.
§ If there aren't enough seat belts for everyone, there are probably too many people trying to use the same vehicle—which is both illegal and potentially dangerous; consider taking two vehicles or a larger vehicle or using a ride sharing service.
§ It's never okay to drink and drive—even if you’ve had only 1 drink.
§ If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver, use a ride sharing service, or call the HPD at 985-277-5700 to make sure you and your friends get home safely.
§ If a friend is about to drink and drive, take away his/her keys and make arrangements to get him/her home safely.
§ If you see a drunk driver, call 911.