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LA Troopers urge safe travel and personal responsibility this holiday season

To The Leader

Family traditions are what make the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season the most wonderful time of the year!  Celebrations with friends and family create memories that last a lifetime. However, there is one tradition that the State Police family would like to break—the increase in serious injury and fatal crashes during the holidays. To combat this trend, troopers are joining forces with other law enforcement agencies to conduct proactive enforcement.

By understanding and following the safety guidelines below, motorists can greatly reduce their chances of being involved in a serious injury or fatality crash.

 

Designate a sober driver

  • Thousands of people are seriously injured or killed due to impaired driving each year. Never get behind the wheel if you are impaired or get in a vehicle with a driver who is impaired.
  • Alcohol has many effects on the body. Alcohol can impair visual ability, impair fine motor skills needed to operate a motor vehicle, and increase reaction times. Just onedrink may cause these effects.
  • Designate a sober driver beforetraveling to any place where alcohol will be consumed. A designated driver is one who has had nothingalcoholic to drink.
  • Call a taxi, ride-sharing service, or a trusted person for a ride or just stay put.

 

Buckle-up

  •      State law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, regardless of seating         position, always remain buckled. Troopers urge all drivers and passengers in motor vehicles to understand that failure to buckle up can quickly become a tragic and fatal decision. Statistics show that the chances of surviving a violent crash rise significantly when properly restrained.

 

Child passenger restraints

  • Louisiana law requires all children to be properly restrained. To review the current law, visit www.legis.la.govand search RS 32:295. If your travel plans take you out of our state, please visitwww.saferide4kids.com for a list of current child passenger restraint laws by state.

 

Distractions

  • Inattentive and distracted drivers account for a large number of serious crashes across the state every year. You can effectively reduce the chances of being involved in a crash by remaining focused on the task of driving while behind the wheel of a vehicle.

 

Pedestrians or bicyclists

  • If you travel on foot or bicycle, wear bright clothing and remain aware of traffic on the roadway. Use proper lighting at night.

 

Motorcyclists

  • Motorcyclists must wear a proper D.O.T. approved helmet when operating a motorcycle on state roadways. Although not all crashes are survivable, properly utilizing safety equipment like approved motorcycle helmets and proper clothing greatly decrease your risk of serious injury or death.