BATON ROUGE – With the Memorial Day weekend upon us, many Louisiana travelers will be taking to the highways to visit family and friends. Schools will be out for summer break and our children will be at play in their neighborhoods and communities. 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 state’s roadways.
During the 2015 Memorial Day weekend in Louisiana, there were seven fatal crashes resulting in seven deaths. Loved ones left behind by those who choose to make poor decisions behind the wheel will have to deal with a lifetime of consequences. In an effort to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal crashes this weekend, Troopers will partner with local law enforcement agencies to have an increased presence throughout the state. Through a combined approach of extra patrols, DWI and seat belt checkpoints, and public awareness, we can make a difference and save lives.
Troopers will specifically be on the lookout 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 will be arrested. Always plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Remember, buzzed driving IS drunk driving!
“As we reflect on the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of our armed services, we need to ensure that we have a safe weekend,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. “We come together with our family and friends to enjoy ourselves, but we need to be responsible, especially when in motor vehicles. Always buckle up, drive defensively, and use a designated driver when consuming alcoholic beverages.”
Troopers will also be focusing 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 during the day and nighttime hours. 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.
If you are in need of assistance or witness hazardous road conditions, 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 weekend.