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Making Safety a Priority This Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is the "official" start of summer for many of us in Louisiana and many people will be taking to the roads to visit family and friends.

The Memorial Day weekend is the "official" start of summer for many of us in Louisiana and many people will be taking to the roads to visit family and friends.  As we take time to celebrate the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom, we must not forget the importance of safety while traveling on the nation’s roadways.  Since there will be more traffic, the chances of being involved in a crash also increase.

During the 2013 Memorial Day weekend in Louisiana, there were six fatal crashes resulting in eight deaths.  The loss of life associated with a traffic crash is devastating to the survivors left behind.  Troopers recognize that they can reduce the number of serious injury and fatal crashes through education, but also through proactive enforcement of the state's DWI and seat belt laws.  Accordingly, Troopers will partner with local law enforcement to have an increased presence throughout the state not only with patrols, but with DWI and Seat Belt Checkpoints.

Troopers will focus much of their attention on aggressive drivers, speeders, and those who do not wear their seat belts or properly restrain children.  Louisiana State Police is currently participating in the nationwide Click It or Ticket initiative and will be proactively seeking unrestrained drivers and their passengers.  Louisiana law requires all occupants to be properly restrained regardless of seating position.  While not all crashes are survivable, occupants who are properly restrained are much less likely to be seriously injured or killed in the event of a crash.

Trooper will also be patrolling for impaired drivers as there is a trend of increased alcohol consumption during holiday weekends.  Motorists caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you will be arrested.  The citizens who travel our roadways deserve to be safe from those who choose to drive impaired.  Always designate a sober driver and remember that if you have had ANYTHING to drink you should not drive.

“Let’s make safety a priority this Memorial Day.  Please buckle up, drive defensively and have a plan when consuming alcoholic beverages.  No family should have to suffer this weekend due to poor choices being made by someone while operating a motor vehicle,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent.

For those who plan to travel this weekend, make sure your vehicle is current on routine maintenance and tires have adequate tread depth and are properly inflated according to vehicle manufacturer’s instructions. It is also prudent to be well-rested and have alternate routes planned in advance in case of unexpected road closures.

If you are in need of assistance or witness hazardous road conditions, possibly impaired drivers, or aggressive driving, you are encouraged to report it by dialing *LSP (577) from your mobile phone.  This is a community effort, and we need your help in keeping the roadways safe!

 

The Louisiana State Police would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day holiday.

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