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D'Iberville students hear message of safety before prom weekend

Elkins hopes the assembly will help eliminate poor decision making. (Photo source: WLOX News) Elkins hopes the assembly will help eliminate poor decision making. (Photo source: WLOX News)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

Saturday night is prom night for D'Iberville juniors and seniors. But before the fun begins, the school is making sure students know the importance of staying safe on the roads.

The message: A night of fun shouldn't require the sacrifice of safety. 

"It's important that we make our students aware and cognizant of potential consequences that come from poor decision-making," said senior Tommy Duong.

Poor decision-making is what Trooper Chase Elkins with the Mississippi Highway Patrol hopes to eliminate.

"Our job is to prevent the fatal accidents, and that's our goal when we get out on the road," said Elkins.

Elkins' emphasis was to 'stop the knock'. The trooper says no law enforcement officer ever wants to knock on a door to notify a family that their child is not coming home.

"It really makes you want to look at life in a different way and just cherish it," said senior Shania Eldridge, who is part of the student group called SAVE; Students Against Violence Everywhere. 

Elkins stresses the fact that an average text takes five to 11 seconds to check. In that time, a vehicle could travel the length of two football fields and a lot can happen - including a fatal accident.

Brian Mueller added,  "I don't want that to happen to me and I don't want that to happen to my friends."

Students say they understand the importance of staying safe on the roads this prom weekend because, as Elkins says, a split second decision could mean the difference between a fun night and tragedy.

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