Some officers say it’s one of the hardest parts of their job. We’re talking about having to make a trip to a family’s home, knock on their door and let them know that their loved one died in a crash.
That’s why the Mississippi highway patrol is working hard to lower the number of times they have to make that gut wrenching visit. A recent national study marks Mississippi 3rd in the nation when it comes to crashes involving teens.
The Mississippi public education driving office is doing its part to get teenagers ready for the road.
The school’s instructor Joe Cummings says it can be a significant burden for them. “I do feel the pressure because I don’t want to get that phone call saying one of my students have been in an accident. I want to be negligent on my part,” Cummings said.
So far 228 people have died on Mississippi roads. The highway patrol office says it’s something that should be a huge concern for parents across the state.
“A recent study marks Mississippi third in the nation for the number of accidents involving tens. That is just too many lives lost,” Lieutenant Colonel Randy Ginn from Deputy Director MS Highway patrol, said.
Leaders say, what happens after that, is a road traveled entirely too often for state troopers.
“I think everyone has a different opinion, but if you talk to law enforcement officers, in general, I’m pretty sure they will tell you this is either the worst, or one of the worst things as far as what’s part of their job,” State Highway Patrol Captain Johnny Poulos said.
So what’s causing all the crashes? Some things at the top of the list are not wearing seat-belt, and distracted driving, especially when it comes to teens behind the wheel
“They need to understand the severity of getting out there driving and being distracted. No parent wants to get that knock on the door saying hey your child is deceased or your child is no longer with us. Whatever it takes, it is very important to get the point across,” Cummings said.
Similar campaigns are going on across the country. This will continue here in Mississippi throughout the summer months.