There are so many joyous, life-affirming traditions this holiday season: gathering with your family, giving to others less fortunate, celebrating with friends.
Unfortunately, there’s also another tradition, which is not so joyous: The traditional increase in the amount of traffic on the road and in the number of drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
So I ask you to choose to celebrate life this holiday season by planning to always drive safely.
Drive with patience. Aggressive driving is a leading cause of accidents, behind only driving while impaired and excessive speed.
Drive defensively. As our beloved New Orleans Saints team knows only too well, defense is the key to winning the game. Make it your own game plan to drive defensively so you’ll have a safe, accident-free trip to and from any holiday outing.
Drive sober. Getting together socially with family, friends and co-workers for this holiday period often involves consuming alcohol. Before those get-togethers, designate the sober drivers who will help everyone else in your group get home safely. Drinking and driving is a serious crime and law enforcement agencies in this community have zero tolerance for it.
Let’s mark the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 by doing our individual parts to make travel safer for everyone who shares our roads.
On behalf of everyone at City Court of Slidell, I send our warmest hopes that you and your family have a peaceful and safe season.
City Court of Slidell will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25 as well as on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Wednesday, Jan. 1 to allow our staff to spend special holiday time with their families.