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Graphic display underscores special springtime dangers
If you’re a parent or grandparent, you likely cringed at the photos on Page 1 of this edition.

We’re sorry about that — but not sorry enough to ignore the danger that our young people face, especially at this time of the year.

Prom season and soon, high school graduations will be the focus of many local families — and if history is any indication, that’s one of the most dangerous times of the year for teenagers.

Recently, Louisburg High school students were exposed to the very graphic and ultimately tragic scene staged by Members of VIP for a VIP, Inc, a group that travels around the state using simulations to get the message to teens that driving is serious business.

And it can be deadly business if distractions like texting or impairment like drugs or alcohol enter the picture.

As you can tell from the story and photos on Page 1, this demonstration was not for the feint of heart and, if it accomplished its goal, created mental images that some local teenagers won’t soon forget. If they are lucky, they won’t ever forget those tragic images.

But just reaching the teenagers is only half the goal.

Just as important is getting the message out to parents, grandparents and other adult influences in the lives of our young people to reinforce the images that were presented to teens so graphically this week.

Driving is serious business — and while teenagers often seem to see themselves as invincible — remember? — they aren’t and so often this time of the year the news is filled with stories of tragedies that could have easily been avoided if drivers hadn’t been distracted, impaired or had not been showing off for their friends.

That points out another disaster in waiting. The fad today for many teenage boys is to customize their pickup trucks which are often seen ripping up and down Bickett Boulevard and other roads ... dare we say racing?

Parents need to be aware — and police need to be writing tickets.

This time of the year should be for celebration, fun, letting off a little steam and planning lives yet to be lived.

Please, let’s help keep it safe for all!

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