Deputies at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office give young adults a reality check

Published: Jul. 10, 2019 at 8:36 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Deputies at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted their first “Reality Check” to help young adults learn valuable life lessons.

Tyler Langley attended the event and says it’s one he appreciates they held.

“It’s good to learn about this stuff because once I grow up and get in more situations like this I’ll know what to do," Langley said.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso says it’s important to teach the things not taught in school.

“What about the interaction with the police officer, what about an emergency with all the road construction we’ve had, what about when you have a flat on the side of the road," Mancuso said. "Where do you pull over safely how do you even get to the flat tire. What if you need to get your car jumped off because you can’t start it.”

Students also tried “Drunk Goggles” giving them a chance to see how their senses would be effected if they were to drive drunk.

Kamryn Bailey said she was thankful for the experience.

“Hard," Bailey said. "I don’t think I could ever drink and drive.”

Mancuso says ultimately, the program is meant to be a guide.

“Obviously we can’t all be there as parents and grandparents to show them everything they need to do every bit and minute of the day which we’d like to," Mancuso said. "But maybe this gives them a little bit of path and direction they can follow. Hopefully the parents or whoever has custodial rights over these young people can build on this and show them more.”

The next “Reality Check" will be held Friday, July 12, if weather permits.

If you or your child would like to be a part of it call (337) 491-3851

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