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Safety first when driving during Memorial Day weekend

Safety first when driving during Memorial Day weekend

POSTED: Friday, May 25, 2012 - 11:45am

UPDATED: Friday, May 25, 2012 - 11:49am

The Memorial Day holiday is upon us 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 dangers that can arise from traveling on the nation’s roadways. Since there will be more traffic, the chances of being involved in a crash also increase.

Troopers 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. Louisiana State Police are 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.

During the 2011 Memorial Day weekend in Louisiana, there were ten fatalities from vehicle crashes and six of those persons 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,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. “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. Let’s further honor this Memorial Day by making safety a priority.”

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

If you are in need of 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.
The Louisiana State Police would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day holiday.

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