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Hi, I'm Russell Benoit, assistant police chief of the Village of Fenton.
You may have seen me already. Perhaps I should say I may have seen you, from my patrol car behind a radar gun between I-10 and Kinder. Hopefully you were driving the speed limit. If not, you and I may have already met in person.
Running radar is just part of my job. Another is to be the first responder when a crash occurs. That happens more often than I'd like. Just recently, I responded to a tragic accident that claimed the life of a young man.
Please understand that I do the first part of my job hoping that it will help prevent me from having to do the second part.
But I need your help. Don't wait for a police car or radar unit to remind you to slow down and drive safely. Our roads are only as safe as we make them together.
Please be my partner in road safety. Don't drink and drive. Buckle up. Put down your cell phone, makeup or whatever, and watch the road including pedestrians and other traffic.
Because if you don't, you could cause a serious accident. Or, at the very least, you might get a personal greeting from me.
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