PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - "It all comes down to a decision that's made just like that. It may haunt them for the rest of their life," said Paragould Police Corporal, Brad Snyder.
Paragould Police and D.A.R.E Officer Corporal Brad Snyder, says he's hoping to educate young people so those decisions they do make are good ones.
"We want to get the word out that drinking and driving is not a good idea," said Snyder.
The department is using grant money to help spread their message. Cpl. Snyder says he hopes to send a strong message to teens that drinking and driving can be a deadly combination.
"This year we decided to use it for the DWI especially around prom time and graduation time to get the word out and let these young people know that we are going to be watching," said Cpl. Snyder.
Snyder says one requirement of the grant money is to do PSA's like radio spots the department is currently running to chronicle their efforts. Additionally, Snyder says they will do sobriety checkpoints throughout the year, both working toward a common goal.
"Letting people know that here are the consequences for these actions and the biggest one would be loss of life obviously," said Snyder.
Snyder says there is no tolerance for drunk drivers at any age. He says good lessons taught and learned at a young age by either law enforcement or mom and dad will hopefully stay with teens far beyond their years spent in school.
"The importance is to make sure they understand those things, and that they don't make a bad decision," said Snyder.