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May 26

NNPD Offers Tips for a Safe Memorial Day Holiday

Posted on May 26, 2017 at 8:27 AM by Communications Department

The traditional kick-off to the summer season is Memorial Day and the Newport News Police Department is committed to making it a safe experience for you. The long weekend always brings increased travel, escalating the risk for more car accidents. grilling_SCStatistically, Memorial Day is one of the deadliest holidays when it comes to car accident fatalities. The Newport News Police Department wants you to enjoy the holiday by providing some important safety tips including driving, personal safety, water safety, and fire safety tips.

Many of the tips are common sense that we already know and just need a reminder, like DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! Please assign a designated driver, call a taxi or use an Uber service. Stay alert. Don’t use your cell phone or any other device while driving, and please make sure everyone is buckled up – front and back seat – and that children are properly restrained.

In our haste to have a good time, we often forget to do the simplest things that provide for personal safety. Please remember to lock your vehicle, house doors and windows and set antitheft devices and alarms, if available. Try not to use an ATM at night and don’t carry large amounts of cash. Please remember to always carry identification. Try not to walk alone – especially at night.

Many people will be heading to the pool or the beach and it is important to remain safe there too. Don’t swim alone; swim in designated areas where there is a lifeguard and know the depth of the water. Please make sure children are supervised and within arms-length. If you are having a cookout, propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors. Never leave your grill unattended and keep a 3-foot safe zone around your grill. When you are done grilling, place coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled.

Police Chief Rick Myers says, "We hope you find these tips helpful and that your holiday is a big success.”