Road safety

Soldiers call for road safety on New Year’s Eve

Louisiana State Police are reminding residents of Louisiana to drive safely on the roads this New Years Eve.

Soldiers say celebrations across the state will increase traffic on freeways and necessary precautions should be taken to prevent fatal and serious accidents.

“The task of reducing accidents and preventing tragedy during the holidays is the responsibility of both law enforcement and the public,” LSP said. “With preventative measures and safe choices by drivers and passengers of motor vehicles, the vast majority of vacation accidents can be avoided.”

The Soldiers say they are partnering with law enforcement agencies across the state to lead proactive enforcement in support of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

State Police have shared the following safety guidelines below:

Designate a sober driver

  • Every year, thousands of people are seriously injured or killed as a result of impaired driving. Never get behind the wheel if you are impaired or get into a vehicle with a driver who is impaired by alcohol or any other substance.
  • Alcohol has many effects on the body. This can impair visual ability, the fine motor skills needed to operate a motor vehicle and increase reaction times.
  • Designate a sober driver before travel to any location where alcohol will be consumed. A designated driver is one who has had no alcohol to drink.
  • In addition to alcohol, street drugs, prescriptions, and some over-the-counter medications can harm anyone who ingests them. Please ensure that any medication required does not affect your ability to drive a motor vehicle; Talk to your doctor about specific medications.
  • Call a cab, rideshare, or someone you trust for a ride, or just stay where you are.

Buckle up your belt

  • Louisiana law requires that anyone in a motor vehicle, regardless of sitting position, always remain buckled up. The Soldiers urge all drivers and passengers of 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 accident increase dramatically when properly retained.

Child restraints

  • Louisiana law requires that all children be properly restrained in a child seat appropriate for their age, weight, and height. Children 12 and under should sit in the back seat, if seats are available.
  • If your travel plans take you out of our state, please visit www.saferide4kids.com for a list of current child restraint laws by state. Each Louisiana State Police Force is recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as an Inspection Station child safety seat. Please take advantage of these free services to ensure the safety of your child. You can also visit “Buckle Up Louisiana” for information on events and inspection stations, https://www.facebook.com/BuckleUpLouisiana/.

Distractions

  • Inattentive and distracted drivers are the cause of a large number of serious crashes statewide each year.
  • You can effectively reduce the chances of being involved in an accident by staying focused on the task of driving a vehicle.

Pedestrians or cyclists

  • Whether you are traveling on foot or by bicycle, wear light-colored clothing, stay aware of road traffic, use appropriate lighting at night, and obey the laws.
  • Pedestrians should walk against the current and should not be in the traffic lane unless crossing at a designated crosswalk.
  • Bicycles are required to obey the same laws as vehicles.
  • Please leave at least 3 feet between the vehicle and the bike when passing.

Motorcyclists

  • Motorcyclists must wear a DOT approved helmet when riding a motorcycle on Louisiana roads.
  • Although it is not possible to survive all accidents, the proper use of safety equipment, such as approved motorcycle helmets and appropriate clothing, greatly reduces the risk of serious injury or death.

For the latest information on road conditions, including closures and construction, visit www.511la.org or dial 511 from any phone in Louisiana. The “Louisiana 511” telephone application is also available for download. Motorists can sign up for DOTD Twitter traffic alerts, as well as stay up to date with important information from the Louisiana State Police Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Motorists who witness unsafe road conditions and / or reckless drivers are encouraged to call * LSP (* 577) and report this activity to the nearest Louisiana State Police location.

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