The three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend means more traffic on Louisiana’s roads and more traffic increases the chances of motorists being involved in a crash.
Louisiana State Police will focus much of their attention on aggressive drivers, speeders, impaired drivers, and those who do not wear their seat belts or properly restrain children, according to a news release.
During the 2011 Memorial Day weekend in Louisiana, there were 10 fatalities from vehicle crashes and six of the people were unrestrained. While not all crashes are survivable, occupants who are properly restrained are much less likely to be seriously injured or killed.
“Memorial Day is a time to reflect not only on the sacrifices of our military but also the sacrifices all the citizens of this state and country have made,” State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said in the release. “It weighs heavy on my heart that a family could suffer this weekend because of poor choices being made by some while operating a motor vehicle. Please buckle up, drive defensively and use a designated driver when consuming alcoholic beverages.”
Weekend travelers need to make sure vehicles are current on routine maintenance, tires have adequate tread depth, and tires are properly inflated according to vehicle manufacturer’s instructions.
If you need assistance or see any unsafe acts, sleepy or impaired drivers, or aggressive driving, you are encouraged to report it by dialing *LSP (577) from your mobile phone.