POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 1:04pm
New Orleans, La (NBC33) — As the City of New Orleans prepares to host Super Bowl XLVII, State Police will be working with public safety officials to ensure a safe environment for football fans from across the globe.
Large crowds are expected in the French Quarter and around the metro area throughout this week. Traffic is expected to increase significantly over the coming days and Troopers stress responsible decision making on and off the highways.
The Louisiana State Police has committed over 200 troopers from across the state to work in New Orleans with federal, state and local law enforcement.
In addition to the State Police presence at the NFL Experience and in the French Quarter, Troopers from the Bureau of Investigations, Air Support Unit, Transportation and Environmental Safety Section and the Emergency Services Unit will serve an integral role for all Super Bowl related events.
“The safety of our visitors and citizens is paramount and we are committed to ensuring that everyone has an enjoyable Super Bowl experience,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent. “We are proud to work alongside our public safety partners in this endeavor. We are going to be aggressive and proactive in our enforcement. We are excited to showcase everything good about New Orleans and the great State of Louisiana.”
Troopers offer the following safety tips in order to everyone safe while enjoying this historical event.
• If you are unfamiliar with the area you will be walking in, pick up a local map or get directions from reliable people, such as hotel personnel or law enforcement officers.
• AVOID vacant areas and dark alleys. There is safety in numbers so walk with someone you know or stay with the crowd.
• Do not flash large sums of currency while in public. This could possibly catch the eye of criminals.
• Carry pertinent information (driver’s license, ID, credit cards, keys, etc.) and valuables in your front pocket. This puts pickpockets at a disadvantage. Avoid wearing baggy pants because they are easier targets for criminals. If possible, connect a chain from your wallet to your belt loop, making it more difficult for the criminals.
• Ladies, avoid carrying bulky purses and wearing expensive/flashy jewelry. Ensure your purse is zipped at all times. This prevents criminals from reaching into your purse. Also, carry pertinent information in your front pocket.
• Avoid excessive alcohol intake. Remember, the first thing alcohol affects is your judgment. A highly intoxicated person can be an easy target for a criminal.
• DRIVE SOBER! Prior to enjoying the festivities, make a plan and stick to it! Get a designated driver, take a taxi or have a sober family member or friend pick you up and take you home safely.
• BUCKLE UP! Louisiana law requires EVERYONE in the vehicle to be properly restrained. In the event of a crash, the SAFEST place to be is inside the vehicle.
• IF YOU DRINK AND DRIVE YOU WILL GO TO JAIL! Louisiana State Troopers will be aggressively patrolling the roads for impaired drivers. Remember, a sober driver is the driver who has not had anything to drink!
• Pay attention to parking signs and use common sense. As there will be limited parking available, attempt to carpool or use an alternate form of transportation.
• Observe the restricted parking areas in and around the areas where you plan to enjoy the festivities. Do not block fire hydrants, driveways, or interfere with the flow of traffic on streets and sidewalks. This will ensure the safe movement of emergency vehicles / personnel responding to calls for service and emergency situations.
• Remember to remove all valuables from your vehicle or from the view of the public eye.
• Double check to ensure your vehicle is locked and the windows are closed. Make sure you have your keys and take a moment to look around and remember where you parked.
• Have pertinent vehicle information readily available including year, make, model, and license plate number. This will assist you and the police in determining whether your vehicle has been towed or stolen.