Community reacts to fishing deaths of young children

Community reacts to fishing deaths of young children
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POSTED: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 5:49pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 8, 2014 - 1:52pm

"We have enough law enforcement that pass that highway all the time, that maybe they can stop and tell them to move on."

That is how many resident's are feeling after the death of two young children who were fishing alongside the busy Bluff road. With the high risk of an accident on the narrow turns, fishing there probably isn't worth it.

"I understand that you want to come around for the fish in this area but it's too dangerous, just way too dangerous. There's other places you can go to fish," said Patrick McClean, of Prairieville.

"I've seen at least three cars in the bayou there, that have skidded off," added Paul Lauve, also of Prairieville.

McClean says local law enforcement has done a great job keeping his neighborhood safe...but that this issue is something they should address soon.

"I feel that they do a good job. I haven't had any complaints in the 10 years that I've been here but at the same time, I do think they should enforce some kind of laws. There should be something on the books to prohibit fishing or even stopping in that area."

As of now there is no law in place against fishing along busy roads, as long as you aren't impeding traffic, but police still advise people to be careful.

"Even though it may be legal and there is nothing wrong with it, you just need to be very mindful that there is traffic out there. Try and chose those fishing spots in the safest place possible," said Jared Sandifer of the Louisiana State Police.

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What about the laws that are already on the books, car should slow down and not crash into people on the side of the road. Talk about victim blaming!

Is it possible that drivers are driving dangerously fast and distracted contributing to veering off the road?
I would submit to check speeders and distracted driving before faulting innocent people for simply fishing.

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